Last week the Maryland House of Delegates voted on the FY2013 budget, which ultimately increased taxes, fees, passed debt onto the counties all while increasing overall state spending. Moreover, the cuts that were proposed and adopted were not nearly enough to balance the budget.
Republicans put forth a comprehensive and fiscally responsible budget that did not cut funding to education, public service or pass teach pensions on to the counties instead, it maintained a level funding approach from FY2012. The Republican budget was presented through a series of amendments, but the leadership in Annapolis did not want any part of that. Below, there is a video highlighting the issues with the State budget.
Though the House and the Senate have both passed a budget, there are discrepancies between the two. A Conference Committee will be put together to work out the differences between the House version and the Senate version of the budget and a compromise must be agreed upon by April 2nd.
My friend and colleague Delegate Andrew Serafini has put together this great presentation of What the Budget Really Looks Like, this is a great analysis of the State Budget, please take a look.
Delegate Susan Aumann Analyzes the State Budget
The Minority Report “The State Budget”
I know it is a great responsibility to represent you in Annapolis and I am humbled to do so.
Delegate Susan Aumann