From the Washington Post – Governor O’Malley only Postponing the Pain

GOV. MARTIN O’MALLEY has submitted a budget that unabashedly employs a magician’s grab bag of tricks in a good, or at least defensible, cause: maintaining Maryland’s core services even as the state tries to claw its way out of the deepest economic crater in 75 years. Despite facing badly depleted tax revenue, Mr. O’Malley (D), who is running for reelection, has avoided further tax increases for the time being while limiting the pain of additional spending cuts and steep layoffs. In short, Mr. O’Malley has presented a defensible blueprint that will provide him with some political cover in an election year. But make no mistake: He has also ducked the tougher structural problems that Maryland, like most other states, is facing.


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