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Now It's Your Turn: Can you help with budget cuts?

John Wagner

With a $2 billion shortfall looming, members of the state House and Senate budget committees are holding retreats this week to get a sense of the work that they must tackle in January. What programs would you look to cut?

Share your thoughts by posting a comment below.

Last week, we asked you whether putting slots at Arundel Mills mall is a good idea.

We got a lot of feedback both on our Web site and on our Facebook page, including concerns about the impact on surrounding neighborhoods.

Here's what Mike Tolle wrote: Sadly, what happens in Arundel Mills won't stay in Arundel Mills.

Don Hinds offered this suggestion: Put it in OMalley's neighborhood if it's such a great idea.

By John Wagner  |  November 30, 2009; 12:25 PM ET
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Since slots do not appear to be heading to racetracks (except a small opperation at Ocean Downs), lets cut the subsidy to the horse racing industry @$100 million per year and put that revenue in the general fund.

Posted by: Hanover_Resident | November 30, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

If in the legislature, I would vote to cut the program that increased the state sales tax 20%. Also, I would cut the program that is suggesting a big gasoline tax increase right AFTER the 2010 election.

When you have 120 foreclosures a month in the Germantown zip code alone, you do not increase taxes. Doing so is crazy!

Posted by: robinficker | November 30, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

First, I would cut state funding of public schools by 10-15 percent to start.
Second, cut out all funding for the widening of 270.
third, cut funding for the Medicaid, Older Adult Waiver program, waste of millions.
fourth, cut funding for the Baltimore Red line.
Fifth, mandate slots be allowed in National Harbor, got to put the slots where the people are.
Sixth, cut funding for Maryland Legal Aid, the poor can be represented pro bono by Robin Ficker.
Seventh, stoip all funding for the planning mega building project on Preston Street in Baltimore of the state office complex.
Eigth, end the tuition freeze at Maryland colleges and universities, let the market set the rates. Increase out of state tuition drastically.
Ninth, sell off any surplus state lands and buildings.
Tenth, cut the funding for legislative scholarship program, this is just a sleazy slush fund for the elite.
Eleventh, pass the combined reporting legislation that has been stalled for years, make out of state corps pay their fair share here.

Posted by: VikingRider | November 30, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

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