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Maryland shouldn't need to call a special session of the legislature to fix its budget

Civil and Public Service

For the second time in his six years in office, Gov.Martin O'Malleyfinds it necessary to call a special session of the legislature to raise taxes and fees ("Deal set to raise taxes," May 10).

Mr. O'Malley says it's necessary to raise the taxes on those making over $100,000 to prevent cuts on education, health programs and state employees and to prevent cuts in state aid to Baltimore City and Prince George's and Montgomery counties.

These three subdivisions already receive, through the Thornton funding formula, an unfair share of state aid for schools compared to the other subdivisions based on the revenue they send to the state. Then when they get the aid they spend it on $500,000 offices for administrators instead of on school repairs.

Why should state employees be immune from the recession? They should feel the pinch just like everyone else.

I also don't remember the state paying for my health insurance, so what exactly does Governor O'Malley mean when he says health programs?

If everyone needs to do their fair share, then it is time to stop taxing and start cutting; and if Mr. O'Malley really wants to get more money for these programs he should get someone competent to make sure the other slots parlors are built and functioning.

J. Michael Collins, Reisterstown

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