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O'Malley Pledges To Look Out For Middle Class

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is promising to keep the middle-class in mind as his administration makes another round of budget cuts in coming weeks.

To cope with a $432 million downward revision in anticipated tax revenue for the current fiscal year, O'Malley (D) is preparing to present "hundreds of millions" in cuts next month to the Board of Public Works, a three-member panel authorized to cut the budget when the legislature is not in session. The cuts come as governments across the region are predicting shortfalls.

"In the coming weeks, we will be bringing hundreds of millions in further spending reductions before the Board of Public Works to meet the challenges of our national economy, and we will attempt to do so in a way that recognizes the burden middle class families are facing and in a way that protects critical health and social services for the most vulnerable among us," O'Malley said in an email bulletin sent to supporters this morning.

O'Malley provides no specifics on where the reductions will come from.

The cuts will be the latest in a series of spending reductions and tax increases that have been adopted since O'Malley took office in 2007 in an effort to get the state's fiscal house in order. Last year, O'Malley called a high-profile special session on the budget.

"The investments we in Maryland have fought so hard to preserve in public education, public safety, and public health are intended for one purpose only - to strengthen and grow our middle class over the long-term and create a more sustainable future for our children," O'Malley said in this morning's email. "This has been our goal from the beginning, and it will continue to guide the actions of this Administration as we work to address this latest challenge."

By John Wagner  |  September 24, 2008; 9:56 AM ET
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If you believe that, I've got a bridge to sell you.

Posted by: Liz | September 24, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Governor, if you mean that (and your job is not an easy one)- take a critical step in the right direction:

Cancel the $3,200,000,000 ICC toll road. It is now clearly established that this project is pure Lexus-Lane boondoggle and will provide NO BENEFIT to taxpayers.

Liz - you may be right - though I hope you are mistaken. No one will want to buy your bridge in Alaska nor our toll road to nowhere. If we are buying them...we deserve the dire straights ahead.

Posted by: Donny | September 24, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

How is increasing the state sales tax 20% and the state car tax 20% looking out for the middle class? I had to pay the 6% sales tax on dog food, rotisserie chicken and a newspaper yesterday as well as $180 to renew my Jeep's registration.

Posted by: Robin Ficker, Broker Robin Realty | September 24, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Way to go Maryland for electing a man into office who "lost" $50 million in Baltimore's education money during his ever-so-wonderful time as mayor. I'm glad everyone had temporary amnesia about that incident when they went to the polls. But who can really blame the voters, when there was clearly no follow up or accountability for the missing money.

I can't wait to move out of this state!!!!

Posted by: Kate | September 24, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

when my daughter turns 18 and goes off to college I will be leaving the state of Maryland. It's a shame as I am a college park University of Maryland graduate. Maryland has gone down the tubes since becoming so liberal. The driver's licenses for illegals, the 6% sales tax, higher fees and licenses, high income tax and death tax are all factors in it's demise. Watch what happens during and after this economic crisis......especially if Obama gets in office.

Posted by: tunaman | September 24, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Bring on the slots. Every other state has 'em and we already have a lottery drawing every 2 minutes. Just no slots in my backyard. I've always thought dredging the bay and using the dirt to build an island gambling haven would be a cool thing.

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Posted by: ламинат | September 25, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

O'Malley's idea of "looking out for the middle class" is providing free valet parking at slots parlors.

Posted by: PG'er | September 25, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Hey Kate, Take Robin and Mike with you.

Posted by: Adios | September 25, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Bring on the slots. Every other state has 'em and we already have a lottery drawing every 2 minutes. Just no slots in my backyard. I've always thought dredging the bay and using the dirt to build an island gambling haven would be a cool thing.

Posted by: Mike | September 24, 2008 9:55 PM

They have already done that to the tune of many millions of dollars. It's called Poplar Island and it is a bird reserve that humans cannot trespass on. I do think that we ought to have slots. Why not do it where they will play them the most? PG county.

Posted by: tunaman | September 26, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

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