The Washington Times - January 18, 2008, 12:05PM
A state report of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s fiscal 2009 budget shows less “fiscal restraint” than the governor maintains is within the budget.\ \ \ Mr. O’Malley, a Democrat, touted eliminating 500 state jobs in the $31.6 billion budget, but the report by the state’s Department of Legislative Services shows that the governor created 898 more jobs.\ \ \ The governor also said that his budget — the second in his four-year term — increases state spending by 4.09 percent and that the change was the smallest in state spending in the past five years. However, his proposed budget increases spending by 6 percent.
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And like any good Democrat budget, it includes some “revenue enhancements” despite passing the largest tax increase in Maryland history just a few weeks ago. I present to you HB 101, the BRFA of 2008. The BRFA takes the HMO tax that the General Assembly passed a few years ago over the veto of the previous Administration that was to be used to keep malpractice insurance rates down, and diverts that to be spent by O’Malley. Also it increases the costs on drunk drivers and takes one of those “temporary fees” and makes them permanent. One thing Government is good at is saying “oh this will only be temporary” and then screwing you. Ever drive through the tunnels or the Bay Bridge? It also takes $41 million away from local governments.
Tom LoBianco, Maryland politics reporter