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Franchot Chats About the Budget, California and His Web Site

Maintaining it is important to "speak candidly" to Marylanders about the state of the state budget, often-chatty Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) held an online chat yesterday.

Franchot has posted a full transcript here. We present some highlights:

• At least it's not as bad here as in California, Franchot noted.

"No matter how bad things are in Maryland, we always have California to make us feel better. Nonetheless, we have a real fiscal crisis in Maryland. ... While we are not out of the woods and face several years of rebuilding, we are fortunate in Maryland to have really strong economic bones, a well educated workforce, and all the advantages of proximity to the Federal Government."

• Franchot said the state should not get hooked on federal stimulus money, which will run out after next year.

"One of the concerns I have repeatedly raised is that federal stimulus money while important is being used to patch holes in the state budget. We have a 2 billion dollar deficit in Maryland and one-time stimulus money is not the long-term answer." (The $2 billion shortfall to which he refers is a projection for fiscal year 2011.)

• Franchot, acknowledging tight times, insisted his revamped Web site was not costly to overhaul.

"The revamp was done in-house with existing staff and resources. Like families and businesses across Maryland, we are tightening our belts in the Comptroller's office and working creatively to do more with less."

By John Wagner  |  July 17, 2009; 12:55 PM ET
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Franchot has been a staunch supporter of CASA De Maryland and has always been strongly opposed to enforcement immigration law. California's fiscal crisis is caused largely by the cost of educating illegal aliens and their children, providing health care to illegal aliens, and covering the cost of crimes committed by illegal aliens. With over 200,000 illegal aliens in Maryland, most of whom pay no income tax, Maryland is headed right down the same path as California.

Posted by: postisarag | July 17, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Postisarag, please don't spread your xenophobia in this thread.

Posted by: crzytwnman | July 17, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

When will Franchot stop playing with gadgets get down to work as the states chief tax collector? Maryland is in a financial toilet, what is Franchot doing to get us out of it? I don't care how well he tweats or texts, he was elected to crack down on corporate tax cheats and work with the board of public works to save the state some money. At this point, if Mickey Mouse ran against Franchot, I'd vote for the mouse.

Posted by: VikingRider | July 19, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Dear crzytwnman (Eric) -- As an out-of-work college graduate living in DC, you don't even pay income tax. Perhaps if you had to support yourself and pay taxes, you'd feel differently.

Posted by: postisarag | July 21, 2009 2:09 AM | Report abuse

Did you guys actually read that transcript? Franchot actually manages to say nothing for the entire thing. It's as impressive as it is sad.

Posted by: reiflame1 | July 21, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

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