Maryland taxpayers actually gain in the "budget mess" recently created by the General Assembly in failing to agree on a fiscal 2013 spending plan.

Let's be clear, if Maryland had set the new budget at the level of the 2009 budget, we would be in significant surplus! Why is it that our high-paid legislators think they can go after taxpayers when they decide more money will be spent? If I want to spend more money next year, I can not tell my boss, "This is the increase you will pay me."

Wise up, legislators and The Sun. I am a taxpayer and I am mad as hell and am not going to take it anymore!

Steven Sass, Baltimore