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Don't let Maryland turn into Illinois [Letter]

On the same day that The Baltimore Sun publishes "As recovery continues, Maryland households fall behind" (Oct. 11), the newspaper also prints an article about the trucker shortage ("Trucker shortage looms large as Baltimore port eyes growth").

What does one have to do with the other? The trucker shortage is due, in part, to the inability of truckers to make money at the market rate. This is thanks to the doubling of tolls from 2009 to 2013. For a trucker to make a decent living, the toll bill amounts to $25,000 or more.

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Instead of raising tolls and raiding the transportation fund, the O'Malley-Brown administration could have cut back on profligate spending. This is one of a myriad of ways that the administration compromised Maryland's future — not the least of which, by the way, was how they cut pension funding over the last two years to continue spending.

Now with a $405 million budget hole on top of a $400 million projected structural deficit, anemic economic growth and rising unemployment in Maryland, what's next? Let me give the editors of The Sun a peek into the future: Illinois. That state is broken and nearly bankrupt with billions in unfunded pensions and a tax climate that sends jobs and employers scurrying elsewhere.

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The Chicago Tribune (owned by Tribune Publishing, The Sun's parent company) has the courage to endorse Bruce Rauner as governor of Illinois because Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn's policies, like those of Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, destroy economic competitiveness ("For governor: The Tribune endorses Bruce Rauner to revive Illinois," Oct. 10).

Fortunately, Maryland is not yet in as bad shape as Illinois. With a gaping budget hole and slow growth, we could be and will be without change.

The question for The Sun's editors is whether they will have the courage to stand up to the political power structure, get past the silly rhetoric of the campaigns and recognize the urgent need to break from the policies of the last eight years.

Dan Brawdy

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