Since leaving Annapolis, after a long 90-day session, all I have read and heard in both print and on TV is about a “Doomsday Budget." But if you know the facts, I am sure you will agree that it is not a doomsday budget at all. Instead, it is a step toward better government.
When you look at the facts of the budget passed in 2012, you will see that the budget went from $34.7 billion in 2011 to $35.4 billion this year. By my calculation, that is about a 2 percent increase in spending. Looking further into the spending and you will find that K-12 spending increases by $199 million, the funding to higher education is increased by $83.4 million, health care gets an increase of $82.4 million and spending for public safety increases by $23.2 million. So with all of these increases in spending, will someone please tell me what makes this a doomsday budget.
This week, I was notified that the legislature will be called back into, not one special session, but two special sessions, at the cost of about $21,000 a day—for what reason, I ask? Well, the thirst for spending is so high in Annapolis that the Democratic leadership wants us back to raise your taxes by another $500 million. I believe that the people of Maryland have had enough with raising our taxes and we need to all say enough is enough. It is about time that this state lives within its means, like the rest of us are doing on a daily basis, and does not raise our taxes any further. I urge you to contact Governor O’Malley, President Miller and Speaker Busch and tell them, no more taxes.
Delegate John Cluster