As the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee wrestled with its decision yesterday to raise income taxes on millionaires, Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden complained that the O'Malley administration and lawmakers haven't gotten enough credit for reining in spending before voting to increase taxes.
Warren G. Deschenaux Jr., the legislature's chief budget analyst, told committee members that the governor and the General Assembly have trimmed more than $1 billion in spending overall since last year. Deschenaux said they had exerted "significant downward pressure" on spending.
McFadden, a Baltimore Democrat, jumped on the statement, saying the news media never mention that. He challenged reporters in the crowded committee room to report the spending cuts.
Challenge accepted - consider it reported here.
For the record, though, The Sun has reported before that the governor and lawmakers have cut spending in addition to raising taxes by $1.3 billion.
The $1 billion total Deschenaux cited yesterday hasn't been specifically mentioned, but news stories have repeatedly reported that the governor and lawmakers agreed in last fall's special session to cut more than $500 million from the fiscal 2009 budget. We've also reported on the spending reductions lawmakers made in this session to offset the $300 million in revenue "writedowns" projected by the state comptroller.