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Delegate: Don't "Fiddle" At Time of Crisis

Rosalind Helderman

Del. Frank M. Conaway Jr. (D-Baltimore) has written an unusual letter to his colleagues in the General Assembly, urging them to establish a list called "The Daily Coin" of ideas to be presented to Gov. Martin O'Malley suggesting ways to save money instead of laying off state workers. The list would note which delegates and senators proposed which ideas.

"We have to realize that if we allow this ship to go down, it might be said that we played upon the fiddle while Rome was burning," he writes.

He tells his colleagues he does not want to preempt bills they are submitting for consideration by the General Assembly, the traditional way for legislators to directly impact state priorities. Instead, he wants a record of ideas lawmakers put forward to try to prevent layoffs. O'Malley's budget would require that 700 state workers be laid off.

"We must not remain seated while seven hundred state employees are put to rest," he writes.

Read the whole letter here.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 23, 2009; 4:02 PM ET
Categories:  General Assembly , Rosalind Helderman  
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I commend Delegate Conway. We need more leaders who recognize what really bad news it is to lay off 700 people.

Posted by: confused1 | January 24, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

This guy is good! With leadership like this, he might be governor one day!

Posted by: PGDEM | January 24, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

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