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Rascovar column: Election politics trumped budget realities

July 6th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The $77 million in budget cuts approved last week by the Maryland Board of Public Works mark the first recognition there's a price to be paid for placing election-year politics ahead of fiscal realities. It won't be the last spending pullback, either. Maryland has a serious, ongoing imbalance between its high spending habits and its lower than expected revenue receipts. Everyone knew this was coming


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

July 23rd, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

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


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

April 7th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

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


Senate passes O’Malley budget with overwhelming support

March 21st, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

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


GOP delegates offer annual budget alternative

March 7th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

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


Drug treatment advocates protest funding cuts to Md. rehab centers

February 7th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

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.



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