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

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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