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Where are the 'big time' spending cuts the governor boasts of?

Executive BranchMartin O'Malley

In his South Carolina speech, Gov. Martin O'Malley said we have "cut state spending big time" ("O'Malley takes a tryout in S.C.," March 24).

Since July 2007, Maryland's population has increased less than 1 percent a year and inflation has averaged slightly over 2 percent annually. Yet the governor's first budget in fiscal 2008 was less than $30 billion, while his most recent submission, for fiscal 2014, is over $37 billion — about a 4 percent annual increase over his tenure.

Thus state government spending adjusted for inflation has actually increased on a per capita basis. What cuts, especially "big time" ones, is the governor talking about?

Perry Fath, West Friendship

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