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Old 09-17-2009, 12:00 PM
 
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Maryland needs $2B more to break even in this fiscal year. So, taxes will go up, right (sigh)?
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Old 09-17-2009, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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What they need to do is to cut useless programs!! This is what happens when you have a single party dominate the politics for many generations... Maryland is so blue that Republicans don't stand a chacne, so nothing changes. Business as usual and politicians continue to consolidate their position through cronyism. I'm a Republican, but I wouldn't want my party to win all the time. Complacency leads to corruption. All the time!!!
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Old 09-17-2009, 12:42 PM
 
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Hold on now! The Chairman of the federal reserve Ben Bernanke said the crisis was over!
Amazing!
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Old 09-18-2009, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Columbia, MD
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I have no idea what they do to close the gaps.

2B and the majority of homes will be re-assessed for property taxes in 2010.

Taxes certainly won't be going down, and O'Malley has a snowball's chance in hell of getting re-elected.

Repub or Dem, it doesn't really make a difference. These are large sums of money and there will need to be taxes and severe program cuts to fix it.

And god help us if the economy continues to deteriorate.

I'm fully expecting Maryland to come and put a speed camera on my driveway anyday now
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Old 09-18-2009, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Only thing that can be done is to cut programs... but that would require political prestiege and God help the politician brave enough to vote for cuts, because their career will be finished... but while their career might be finished, they will be hero in my mind. Now, what are they chances they will do so?
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Old 09-18-2009, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Jefferson County
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Regulate bussiness to the nth degree and spend on every fantastical social program under the sun and that's what happens, you go broke.
Clint,
{Marylander by birth, West Virginian by choice}
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Old 09-18-2009, 08:14 PM
 
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I wonder if anyone has done statistics on how the state has been managing since the 6% sales tax hike.

In any event -- Something any of us wouldn't like, that's for sure.
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Old 09-18-2009, 08:39 PM
 
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Cutting programs won't help. I recently moved from NY and compared with NYS public services, MD public services suck.

MD will try to increase revenues. When I lived in NY, my monthly EZ pass expenses were around $100 and there was no way avoiding it. I haven't paid a dime to use MD roads yet...
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Old 09-18-2009, 08:53 PM
 
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True. NY's much better with PSC. Maryland's PSC hardly enforces crap. BG&E is making out like bandits by charging the occupants' electricity with astonishing rates. If MD cuts PSC, I don't think anyone would even notice!

Only in Baltimore will you get tolls. The Harbor Tunnel (I-895) and twice on I-95 into Delaware (JFK Memorial Hwy & Fort McHenry tunnel).
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