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In tonight's Evening Capital the front page headline reads "Deficit Forces Lean Md, Budget". A little further down the page there's one of those neat little pie charts showing what percentage of the proposed budgt goes where. This little pie chart shows Natural Resources & Environment getting 3% of the budget. On page A8 the "Budget Highlights" are laid out and include 6.7 million in flush tax fees going to Anne Arundel County to improve nutrient management at five (5) wastewater treatment plants. So if this becomes carved in stone by the General Assembly it appears the Bay may yet again come out on the short end. This from a then candidate, now Gov who pledged as one of his priorities to clean up the Bay I really don't see this as a very agressive approach. O'Malley apparently didn't want to raise taxes in his first year so he raided the State's surplus fund taking 975 million to cover a 400 million shortfall. Gotta wonder if he only needed 400 million to cover the shortfall why did he remove over twice that much from the surplus fund???
 

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O'Malley apparently didn't want to raise taxes in his first year so he raided the State's surplus fund taking 975 million to cover a 400 million shortfall. Gotta wonder if he only needed 400 million to cover the shortfall why did he remove over twice that much from the surplus fund???
That's overhead:) ! Geez, don't you know nuttin about business:D ?

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The ONLY reason for a lean budget, is because O'Malley's planing on spending any surplus that he inherited ( which accumulated from Ehrlich and Shaffer doubling the user fees at the tolls and auto registration fees, while also increasing the taxes on fuel ) ( since they claimed to NOT raise our taxes........B S)

So we're back to the Spendening clones for the next term. This after less than a week in office........how do I get a job as a politician ? ? ?
 

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If you complain about spending, what services do you want to see cut instead? Or, can you point to specific waste and propose specific efficiencies that would make a meaningful difference in the amount of money available? If you want more money for the environment/natural resources, are you willing to pay higher taxes? I love the way that people in AA County, for example, express outrage about their schools falling apart and the lack of plans for a 13th high school, but they also voted in a tax cap AND fight tooth and nail against redistricting kids from crowded schools into half-empty schools. The same kind of griping goes on about the flush fee. Everyone wants it all, but nobody wants to pay. There are no free lunches, folks.

Another point about the chart is that it does not define what projects fall into which category. Mass transit programs are surely helpful for the environment/natural resources, but almost certainly fall under transportation.
 
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