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Md. House GOP Leaders Question Governor's Goals

Republican leaders in the House of Delegates are taking aim at Gov. Martin O'Malley's propensity to set goals.

A recent story in The Washington Post detailed the latest efforts by O'Malley (D) to push his administration to reduce childhood hunger, increase transit ridership and tackle several other long-term challenges, using specific numeric targets.

A commentary in today's Gazette by House Minority Leader Anthony J. O'Donnell (R-Calvert) and House Minority Whip Christopher B. Shank (R-Washington) say the goals may be worthwhile but accuse O'Malley of "governing by mirage."

In the Post story, O'Malley defended his use of the targets, suggesting they are useful even if they are never met.

"The politically safe thing to do is never have any goals, because then you can't be judged or measured by them," O'Malley said. "That's the risk we take."

By John Wagner  |  June 12, 2009; 9:49 AM ET
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The Governor set a goal of increasing the regressive state sales tax 20% and he met it. He also met his goals of increasing the car tax 20% and the corporate tax 18%. He met his goal of increasing the state income tax for the top bracket 52.6% and he met that too, although 1/3 of the citizens in that top bracket moved out of the state within one year.

Posted by: robinficker | June 12, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

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