Analysis: Putting a different spin on $39 billion state budget

January 16, 2014

O'Malley as usual rolled out the new budget with an elaborate PowerPoint presentation to reporters that put a positive spin on the budget numbers. But a different spin can be put on some of the numbers. [...more]

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Rascovar commentary: O’Malley’s final budget choices will be revealing

January 5, 2014

The budget picture is brightening for Gov. Martin O'Malley in his final year, but will he spend it all or save some for his successor. [...more]

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Maryland ranked 19th in growth in government spending, Tax Foundation says

July 23, 2013

Government spending in Maryland grew 30.5% over 10 years beginning in 2001, according to a nonprofit group that researches tax policies. The Tax Foundation report ranks Maryland 19th overall in terms growth of government spending, which spans the administrations of three governors and two political parties. [...more]

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$37 billion budget passes easily, including cut in pension funding

April 7, 2013

A $36.9 billion state budget for fiscal 2014 easily passed the House of Delegates and state Senate Friday, with less Republican opposition than last year. The budget raises overall spending 3% and is $500 million less than Gov. Martin O'Malley originally proposed, largely by setting aside funds in case federal budget cuts impact state revenues. [...more]

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Senate passes O’Malley budget with overwhelming support

March 21, 2013

Gov. Martin O’Malley’s budget passed the Senate in a landslide vote, with only five Republicans voting against it and seven Republicans voting in favor along with 35 of their Democratic colleagues. The passage of a $36.8 billion budget was preceded by an exceptionally short debate, which lasted only an hour and included no Republican proposals to cut state spending in fiscal year 2014. [...more]

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GOP delegates offer annual budget alternative

March 7, 2013

In an annual exercise in fiscal futility, House Republicans unveiled their alternative to Gov. Martin O'Malley's 2014 budget Thursday, this time calling for zero growth that would require the governor to cut 2% from his request. [...more]

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House subcommittees begin cutting O’Malley budget

March 6, 2013

House Appropriations subcommittees began the process of cutting Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed $37 billion budget Wednesday, but the reductions were relatively modest. [...more]

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Drug treatment advocates protest funding cuts to Md. rehab centers

February 7, 2013

Drug treatment advocates and addiction counselors testified at a budget hearing Wednesday to protest a proposed $4.5 million cut to the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration budget, which they said would have a devastating impact on Maryland’s cash-strapped drug treatment programs. [...more]

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Lawmakers continue debate over transit spending

February 6, 2013

The debate over transportation funding in the Maryland General Assembly moved to the Senate Budget Committee Tuesday, with some senators arguing for more transit spending and others claiming that the state devotes too many resources to its transit system already. For the second time in five days, the Maryland transportation secretary was confronted with tough questions from lawmakers, who asked him why drivers should pay for the cost of running the transit system. [...more]

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O’Malley budget seeks $37.3 billion, up 4.3%

January 17, 2013

Gov. Martin O’Malley on Wednesday proposed a total budget for fiscal 2014 of $37.3 billion, a $1.5 billion increase or 4.3% more than this year’s total spending, including money set aside as a surplus and rainy day fund. [...more]

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