" The whole aim of politics is to keep the populace alarmed, and hence clamorous to be led to safety, by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." H. L. MenckenThe sky is falling! Real cuts that will harm education, health, safety and the environment throughout Maryland! Gov. Larry Hogan's budget is taking us backward!
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.