At Factcheckmd.com, a basic WordPress site, Brown has three “fact checks” of his primary opponent Attorney General Doug Gansler and a Twitter feed for @FactcheckMD, which presently has no tweets and five followers.
Here are some facts “FactcheckMD” conveniently omitted.
The most recent post tries to deflect a measure of blame for the botched roll out of Obamacare in Maryland on to Gansler because he was a member of the Healthcare Reform Coordinating Council, which was charged with implementing Obamacare in Maryland.
Of course, the co-chair of that council was none other than Anthony Brown, who had one job: to make sure the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange worked.
But don’t try to pin Brown down with unnecessary “drive thru interview” questions about his responsibility or lack thereof in this debacle.
Another Brown “fact check” of Gansler is on the budget, specifically deficits.
Brown noted that on several occasions Gansler stated that every legislative session, lawmakers head to Annapolis with annual billion dollar deficits, while Virginia puts a billion into its rainy day fund.
For the record, Virginia completed fiscal 2013 with a $585 million unallocated surplus and a $440 million rainy day fund; Maryland closed out fiscal 2013 with a $502 million unallocated surplus and a $700 million rainy day fund.
Brown and Gansler are talking about two different things.Gansler is referring to Maryland’s chronic structural deficit problem, while Brown is referring to the closeout numbers for one fiscal year.
However, the budget never stays balanced because of their addiction to spending, i.e., revenues fail to keep pace with spending for the upcoming years.That’s why it’s a “structural deficit” the problem is built in to Maryland’s budgetary architecture.
Speaking of annual budget closeouts.The Department of Legislative Audits performs an annual statewide review of budget closeout transactions of state agencies.For example, during 2013 closeout, auditors found $95 million in unlawful budget procedures that require deficiency appropriations or additional spending in future years.
Since the beginning of the O’Malley-Brown administration the total amount of these unlawful budget procedures has totaled $554 million.