More on the Whining Ingrates
Last week, I wrote about the fact that Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Montgomery County Ike Leggett, and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker were whining ingrates for complaining about the level of school funding that they receive.
Well, you don’t have to take my word for it, nor do you need to take the word of the Governor’s Office, either.
The map above was prepared by the Department of Legislative Services. It shows (unsurprisingly) that the lion’s share of Capital funding in the Governor’s 2017 for projects not related to transportation goes to…….Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County.
So there’s no confusion on this, here’s what the fine print of the graphic says that the source for this data was the Department of Legislative Services calculations from the Department of Budget and Management Data. And in case you live under a rock and don’t know what the Department of Legislative Services is:
As the central nonpartisan professional staffing agency for the General Assembly of Maryland, the Department of Legislative Services (DLS) employs more than 350 people who provide legal, fiscal, committee, research, reference, auditing, administrative, and technological support to the members of the legislature and its committees. The department’s mission is to facilitate the legislative process by providing the members of the General Assembly with the highest quality of staff support. This requires that the department establish and maintain high performance standards for its staff, as well as create an organizational culture that promotes adaptability to the changing needs and priorities of the General Assembly.
So the nonpartisan analysts who run the numbers for Senate President Mike Miller, House Speaker Mike Busch and the entire General Assembly note that the four jurisdictions in question receive the preponderance of all state funding in the FY2017 budget. Which again points out one fundamental fact; that the whining from Rawlings-Blake, Kamenetz, Leggett, and Baker has absolutely nothing to do with the practical matter of the state budget and everything to do with the political matters of a Democratic Party that is in full retreat in this state. Once again, their whining about state funding shows that they prioritize politics over people and are more concerned with trying to score political points on Governor Larry Hogan than they are with being effective or even competent leaders.