The Ghost of Snapped Shot

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Spending Other People's Money

To absolutely nobody's surprise, I'm amused to learn from Jim Bacon that Virginia's latest budgetary shortfall is most likely anything but.

Gee, where have I heard that before?

Anyone?

I really do look forward to the day in which we can discuss our Commonwealth's budget without piling on the "need more taxes, or else" hysteria.

  Ye Olde Dominion


Comments:

#1 soccer dad 26-Nov-2007
Just to the north we just had a special session to address the structural deficit (i.e. soak the taxpayers).

For some perspective:
1) Maryland is already #15 is taxes per capita according to the Tax Foundation
2) Maryland's budget has doubled over the past decade form $15 to $30 billion
3) The shortfall was (no more than) $1.7 billion, less than 6% of the overall budget. There's no way it couldn't have been addressed by some belt tightening.
4) http://baseballcrank.com/archives2/2007/11/politics_billio.php
#2 Brian C. Ledbetter 26-Nov-2007
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I have no idea how you put up with that atrocity of a state, SD. I know you've got long-running ties there, but c'mon, you've [i]got[/i] to relocate to the "sane" side of the Potomac sooner or later, don'tcha? :)

Until such time, to quote Slick Willie—I feel your [i]pain[/i], man.

Regards,
Brian
#3 soccer dad 26-Nov-2007
In NW Baltimore there's a pretty strong Orthodox Jewish community. I live there for the religious environment, not for the politics.

Last I checked you had a Democratic governor too. :-(
#4 Brian C. Ledbetter 26-Nov-2007
I understand completely... Longstanding ties aren't something to lightly break.

Don't worry about us down here—we [i]force[/i] our Democratic governors to behave like Republicans, whether they like it or not. ;)

Regards,
Brian
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