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Christopher Summers, president of the Maryland Public Policy Institute, disagreed and said he thinks lawmakers have made largely superficial cuts. Deeper cuts can be made without hurting vital services, he said.

He added that he thinks increased spending has hurt the state and continues to lead to tax increases.

State officials “are basically saying we’ve grown state government to a size that we can’t really afford,” Mr. Summers said. “The big question that Maryland taxpayers have to ask is what size do they want Maryland’s government to be and are they willing to pay for that.”