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A Five-Year Government Shutdown?

Gov. Martin O'Malley's news conference today outlining a new round of budget cuts was a pretty dour affair. But it did feature one light-hearted moment.

In recent weeks, O'Malley (D) has solicited suggested from citizens on how to close the budget shortfall. This morning, his budget secretary, T.Eloise Foster, noted that many people recommended shutting down state government on select days to save money.

"We agree with that," Foster said. "And we're going to close state government for five years."

"No, five days," O'Malley chimed in, as the room erupted in laughter.

Some Republicans might prefer the longer option. A five-year closure would wipe out most of a second O'Malley term, if there is one.

The actual plan calls for shutting down non-essential services on the days before Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day and Memorial Day.

By John Wagner  |  August 25, 2009; 2:15 PM ET
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