At the end of the day today, Maryland taxpayers will have shelled out roughly $43,000 to finance the special General Assembly session. Every day the House and Senate meet after today will add, on average, an additional $6,500 to the cost.
That may not seem like much, but $43,000 could be two state jobs, and the $6,500 a day tab could provide annual grants for two to three General Public Assistance recipients. Certainly it's worth the cost if lawmakers can come up with $450 million to balance the budget. But the men and women who are hob-nobbing and arm-twisting in Annapolis now should remember that, given the state's dire fiscal circumstances, every dollar counts. As soon as they possibly can, they should tie up the remaining loose ends -- and adjourn.