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Special sessions are a predictable part of Annapolis' shell game

10:30 AM EDT, April 30, 2012

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The Sun finally got one thing right: A special session of the Maryland legislature is needed — but not for the reasons stated in your editorial ("Twice as nice?" April 25).

King Marty and his clown princes, Mike and Michael, need to reverse the shell game they've been playing with their subjects for the last several years.

Every year, the king raises taxes to fund "shortages" in, alternately, the education, transportation and public safety budgets.

Then, when the peasants are not looking, they shift the money to the special interests — satisfying their big-time donors — and to failed social programs.

Suddenly, the taxes that were just raised a year or two ago are now gone, and new taxes are needed.

Maybe, just once, King Marty will grow some leadership skills and tell the special interests "no" — then actually do something for his subjects, instead of to them.

John Lewis, Perry Hall