Governor O Malley just does not get it, does he? He needs to go back to Economics 101

It appears Gov. O’Malley still has not received the message that was sent by us at the “March on Annapolis” on January 13th. In an attempt to fill the $2 billion deficit, O’Malley presented a budget that relies on one-time gimmicks, heavy borrowing, and more Washington bailouts.

Even the Baltimore Sun penned an editorial criticizing his election year tactics and lack of long-term vision for Maryland’s finances.

Here are some quick highlights of how the Governor plans to fund his disastrous FY2011 budget:

  • $389 million – ANOTHER Washington bailout (not yet promised to him)
  • $440 million – borrowed from bonds to fund capital budget
  • $330 million – withholding aid to local governments

Because of his fiscal mismanagement over the last three years, Gov. O’Malley has now racked up an $8.3 billion long-term structural deficit – the largest in state history! The taxpayers of Maryland will have to deal with multi-billion dollar budget deficits for the foreseeable futurebecause nobody wants to make the tough decisions. O’Malley and the leaders in Annapolis are skirting their responsibility and attempting to patch things up until after this year’s election. Secretly, they want to push another large TAX HIKE in 2011.

We can’t let them get away with this – we have to fight back!

O’Malley’s budget has been introduced as a bill to the legislature. First, it is being examined by the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee (SB140). If it is given a favorable report, it will then go to the entire Senate for a vote. After that, the House Appropriations Committee will review the bill. Similar to the Senate, if it receives a favorable report, the budget will be brought the floor of the House of Delegates for an up-or-down vote. It then goes to a conference committee where selected members from each chamber will make necessary changes in order for the bill to pass both houses.

We can put a halt to this big-spending budget by stopping it in committee! Let’s tell Sen. Ulysses Currie, chairman of the Budget & Taxation Committee, to send this budget back to the Governor.

Here’s what you can do to help TODAY:

“I am a member of Americans for Prosperity, a grassroots, free-market organization here in Maryland. According to the recent Baltimore Sun editorial, ‘Chewing Gum and Baling Wire,’ Gov. O’Malley’s budget creates an $8.4 billion structural deficit. The governor has resorted to Washington bailouts, bond money and other one-time gimmicks to pay for his budget. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Everyone has had to cut spending during this recession – except for the politicians! Please vote to send the proposed budget back to Gov. O’Malley and demand he makes spending cuts to eliminate long-term deficits. Thank you for your time.”

  • FOLLOW UP the email by calling both your representative and Budget Chairman Currie with the same message

Stay tuned for further information and action items on the budget process.

Now is the time to get active with AFP – we must follow up the March On Annapolis with more action. To attend your next local chapter meeting, please CLICK HERE to check out our AFP-Maryland calendar. Thanks, and look forward to seeing you soon!

Dave Schwartz
State Director
Americans for Prosperity


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