Special Session Flimflam

The Baltimore Sun makes a great point today.

The prospective special legislative session that Governor O’Malley, Senate President Mike Miller, and Speaker Mike Busch are squabbling about can’t address the state’s budget shortfall in any way that works out well for taxpayers.

In a special session, lawmakers would not be able to ponder the full range of alternatives because next year’s budget – the one that’s in danger of running at a deficit – won’t be submitted by the governor until January, and legislators can’t cut a budget that’s not before them. How can the governor expect to win broad support for tax increases if no one knows precisely what all the alternatives would be?

In short, a special session can do two things. Raise taxes and allow gambling in some premutation.

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