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O'Malley says state won't skimp on snowstorm

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Maryland's response to the snowstorm is not being hindered by state budget cuts, Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) said Saturday afternoon.

"The primary responsibility of all government is to safeguard citizens' lives," O'Malley said at a news conference held at the State Highway Administration Operations Center in Hanover, which was broadcast live on Baltimore television. "We're not going to skimp on staff. We're not compromising on public safety."

O'Malley said it was premature to say how much the response to the snowstorm would cost the state.

O'Malley earlier issued a Declaration of Emergency that gives the state flexibility to activate the Maryland National Guard and provide assistance to local emergency managers.

By John Wagner  |  December 19, 2009; 2:36 PM ET
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This storm is a dangerous situation. What will January and February bring if December treats us so harshly?

Posted by: robinficker | December 19, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

This storm is a dangerous situation. What will January and February bring if December treats us so harshly?

Posted by: robinficker

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Well, ya gotta pull yourself up by your own bootstraps. Self reliance. Backbone. Anticipate the worst and prepare for it. Don't rely on O'Malley to help you out.

Posted by: willtill | December 20, 2009 6:14 AM | Report abuse

If you skimp on my snow removal I'll skimp on your next vote.

Posted by: RedBird27 | December 20, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

what a statesman. going to hire the illegals to shovel it? dont think so.raising taxes on the CITIZENS should work.

Posted by: pofinpa | December 20, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

its global warming AL gore is right. we better start evacuating the entire northern part of the us maybe Mexico will let us live there, hold on wasn't that in a movie.

Posted by: getsix1 | December 20, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh, come on, pull yourself up by your bootstraps, how quaint. Sure you need to do some basic preparations at home for storms, however, plowing streets and highways is the kind of job we pay the govt to do. How many private businesses do you know that would spend their own money to hire plows or bulldozers to plow the interstates and subdivsion roads?

Posted by: VikingRider | December 20, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

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