In Martin O’Malley’s never ending quest to show he is incompetent when it comes to fiscal matters, he announced his plans to put a band-aid over a severed limb:
Health care providers who serve Medicaid patients will get paid less, the University System of Maryland will hire fewer faculty members and 40 state workers will lose their jobs as part of $280 million in budget cuts proposed by Gov. Martin O’Malley.
The Democratic governor has compiled a list of budget cuts to be presented today to the Board of Public Works, a three-member body that can approve midyear budget adjustments when the General Assembly is not in session.
But the cutbacks won’t end there: O’Malley plans up to $470 million in further budget cuts before Labor Day. The next round of spending reductions will target aid to local governments and state employee compensation, O’Malley said during a news conference.
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And what exactly is included in the current proposed reductions?
- Limiting how much Medicaid will pay for hospital stays over a certain length. Savings: $24 million
- Reducing funding for operating expenses at the University System of Maryland. Savings: more than $17 million
- Reducing the Maryland Lottery’s advertising budget. Savings: $5.5 million
- Cutting funding for stem-cell research and Chesapeake Bay cleanup. Savings: $5 million
- Laying off 40 state workers
It’s almost like Governor O’Malley is doing his part to do as little damage as possible now, in order to really have to do some financial jujitsu later.
Meanwhile, the adults are the only ones stating what’s painfully obvious to the rest of Maryland:
The governor, who briefed reporters on his plan Tuesday afternoon, was harshly criticized afterward by Republicans for not acting more boldly.
“It appears to me to be inadequate and avoids the difficult decisions that need to be made,” said House Minority Leader Anthony J. O’Donnell (R-Calvert), pointing to projections showing an even larger budget shortfall next year. “We are in dire financial straits, and the governor continues to fail to act.”
It just continues to defy logic and explanation that Governor O’Malley refuses to face the facts that he has wrecked Maryland’s economy. He continues to refuse to face that fact that his draconian and immoral tax hikes have stretched Maryland’s taxpayers thin, and forced business to close or move out of state. And he refuses to take any preemptive measures to avoid near certain budget shortfalls in the future through adequate planning and fiscal prduence. Martin O’Malley is continuing to cut out peanuts when we desperately to take meat out of our budget.
Just once, I’d like Martin O’Malley to act like he gives a damn about the plight of our state and its taxpayers……