Annapolis – House Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell and Minority Whip Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio today released the following statement regarding the O’Malley/Brown Budget Proposal for FY 2014:
“The O’Malley/Brown budget released today is not that different from those we’ve seen over the last several years. They are touting billions in spending cuts when in reality, spending has increased by 26% since FY 2008. Their accounting of convenience manipulates the numbers trying to make distinctions between ‘general funds’, ‘special funds’, and ‘federal funds’ to make the numbers come out in their political favor – but at the end of the day, all are funded out of the pockets of Marylanders.
The legacy of the O’Malley/Brown Administration is one of bad choices for Maryland taxpayers. They have made the choice to raise taxes 24 times. They have made the choice to chase jobs and high-income earners out of our state with their tax policies. They have made the choice to rely heavily on federal monies to balance budgets making Marylanders too dependent on the whims in Washington. Instead of rolling up their sleeves to do the hard work, they are content to irresponsibly throw hard-earned taxpayer dollars at problems and hope that things get better.
With Marylanders footing the bill, they deserve an administration that will be truthful about how their tax dollars are being spent.”