Our previous delegations to Annapolis repeatedly voted against the O'Malley budgets as a matter of conscience, as a protest against out of control spending that didn't exist. Over the years Carroll was repeatedly denied beneficial legislation, some would argue as political payback for their intransigence. Today, Carroll County desperately needs more funding for education, public works and public safety. The request for $500,000 for The Arc of Carroll County is a good starting point, but our county needs much more. Now that we have a Republican governor, will our delegation fight for Carroll County or simply follow the party line and vote for a budget that harms Carroll?