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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.
In Md., deficits are nothing new
In Md., deficits are nothing new

"Somewhere along the way, as Maryland's revenue picture went from bad to worse, a scary term entered the Annapolis lexicon: the 'structural deficit.'" So said The Baltimore Sun on February 9, 2003 as then-Gov.-elect Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. proposed a plan to wipe out a $2 billion dollar shortfall at the start of his administration. At that time, the new governor was shocked to learn how stressed the finances of our state were. Four years later, The Sun reported, "Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley will face fiscal problems nearly as dire as those endured by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., with state spending expected to outpace tax receipts by more than $1 billion a...