Del. Cluster: Is It Really a 'Doomsday Budget'?

Is it really a "Doomsday Budget"?

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

8th District

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Eric Martin April 28, 2012 at 04:22 PM
To address Mark's concerns I would say that no program is being cut. The programs are only growing at a slower rate than the Democrats would like. The Governor needs to cancel these special sessions and leave well enough alone so the taxpayers can catch a breath before paying higher taxes.
Mark Patro April 28, 2012 at 10:27 PM
What about the Transportation budget?
Kenny Pahr April 30, 2012 at 05:52 AM
How about cutting back on the out of control entitlement programs in this state? How about lowering the tax burden on businesses so we can increase state revenues as more businesses migrate to our state? How about stepping up against illegal immigration? Why not increase realistic energy production and development instead of building windmills in the ocean? Why not go after the unsustainable and ridiculous pensions the state is paying and make them more reasonable and fair? Unfortunately, none of this will ever happen in this corrupted state where liberals run everything.
Mark Patro May 09, 2012 at 07:02 PM
$2.6 billion transportation audit finds no problems; BPW heaps praise on departing secretary. Seems like the "waste in government argument doesn't always work. http://marylandreporter.com/2012/05/04/2-6-billion-transportation-audit-finds-no-problems-bpw-heaps-praise-on-departing-secretary/
Delegate John Cluster May 09, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Mark I read that piece also and was glad to hear that they had a good audit. The problem is that they only audit a small piece of the dept., when they do get around to it. If you look at the last audit they did you will find a very different finding. We still need a complete audit of every department. As far as funding goes, when the current administration puts back the some $700 million they raided from it we will not hae to raise taxes to repair our roads and bridges.


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