Doomsday budget: Fiscal responsibility is not a cataclysm

When the Maryland General Assembly began last January, Gov. Martin O'Malley came with a shopping list of new taxes and increased spending. When the legislature could not agree on a plan to raise taxes and spending, the governor labeled the budget a "doomsday" budget, and The Sun took up the siren call ("Debacle in Annapolis," April 11).

In a period of economic recession, only the politicians in Annapolis would call holding the line on increased taxes and increased spending a "Doomsday Budget." Most of the rest of us would call it fiscal responsibility.

Iver Mindel, Cockeysville

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