Today’s Washington Post has the news that Maryland state employees are going to bear the burden of the Martin O’Malley’s misadminstration of state funds.
For those of you not familiar with Maryland’s recent fiscal history, Republican governor Robert Ehrlich and his Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele turned over more than a billion dollar surplus when they were voted out of office in 2006 and Martin O’Malley took the reins of the State. By the end of 2007, O’Malley was crying “Wolf!” that the State was in danger of cutting public services if he couldn’t raise taxes $1.4 billion.
In the dead of the night in November last year, O’Malley coerced the legislature into raising taxes under the threat of cuts to public safety services. At the same time, he added 100,000 Marylanders to the State healthcare system. He raised income taxes, corporate income taxes, sales taxes and the tobacco tax.
A month later, an audit of the welfare system found nearly half-a-billion bucks had been paid to recipients who hadn’t supplied or didn’t have a Social Security number.
In January, we discovered that O’Malley’s purported “lean budget” in which he had promised to increase year-over-year spending only 4% actually increased 6% from the year before.
By March, he had created a new Maryland State Employee pay grade which he awarded to his closest staff along with $600,000 in new salary expenses for taxpayers.
And now today’s news that Maryland State employees will be furloughed in the coming year to cut state spending;
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) today announced a furlough plan under which state employees will lose the equivalent of two to five days of pay by June, an attempt to generate savings in a worsening budget climate.
The announcement came in advance of a meeting of state panel that is expected to lower state revenue estimates by $415.3 million for the current fiscal year, which ends in June, and $963.5 million for next fiscal year.
“In the midst of this deepening national recession, there are some difficult decisions before us that we wish we did not have to make,” O’Malley wrote in an email to state employees.
Yeah, it’s the recession, Marty. It’s not your continued mismanagement of the State’s treasury to buy votes and pay off cronies. We have two more years to suffer this fool, and any working Marylander who votes for him in 2010, no matter who is running against him, should just sign their checks over to O’Malley personally for the remainder of their working lives.