The fear tactics began before the ink was dry on a budget that spends less than taxpayers sent us, increases state spending $400 million, increases education funding by $45 million (to a record high) and still eradicates an $800 million deficit. House Speaker Michael E. Busch warned, "Every county in the state will get less school funding than expected. … That's a real cut." Except it isn't a real cut. Only in Annapolis is a $45 million education increase a cut. Fourteen of 24 counties will receive more education funding than last year. Baltimore County will get $21.2 million more in education funding than last year; per pupil state funding will increase from $6,419 to $6,619.