Waste of the Week: Landover Hills Town Hall

Today we move to Prince George’s County to proposed $200,000 in new state debt proposed by Delegates Fennell (D), Campos (D), and Tarlau (D) as well as Senator Ramirez (D). These legislators proposed this new debt in bills HB0195 and SB0206 for the Landover Hills Town Hall.

Landover Hills is, per their website, about a 500 person municipality in Prince George’s County. These legislators are looking for a $200,000 loan for this municipality to rebuild and repair their town hall. Now, I don’t know how Landover Hills’ government functions, but why are they seeking a loan from the state to repair their town hall? Why aren’t they seeking a loan from a bank? Why aren’t they budgeting for it normally in their future budgets to get it down when they can afford it? What of other local municipalities? Do any municipality in the state which desires to repair a town hall or other local building get a government loan to do so? There are a lot of little areas in the state of Maryland. Handing out loans to all of them would be a pretty penny.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Helping local municipalities to ensure government owned structures is not an unreasonable thing for the state government to be involved in. That said, we currently have a vast structural deficit. Unless the building is collapsing, I don’t see a reason for the state to be lending money. And besides – why are we in the loan business anyway as a state? It may be a legal function of our government, but that doesn’t make it right. Our state government is in the vote buying business for local politicians. This is merely one of many examples we’ll continue to highlight during the legislative session.

As I do weekly, I call upon the members of the state legislature to stop with the bond bills. Stop trying to buy local votes. Stop, quite literally, creating new state debt!

For that set of reasons and the ridiculous amount of debt our state continues to carry, HB095/SB0206 is this week’s “Waste of the Week.”

Congratulations to Senator Ramirez and Delegates Fennell, Campos, and Tarlau for putting the state further in debt to gain votes in Landover!

Feel free to submit your suggestions in the comments section of wasteful spending in Maryland.

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