If Patrick Dornan didn't put the bottle in the mouths of the alcoholics, then, by golly, he shouldn't have to pay for their recovery at a state-subsidized drug and alcohol treatment center, he said last night.
Slashing money for drug and alcohol treatment was one of dozens of suggestions for cutting state spending that were offered by the 30 people who attended the first of four meetings sponsored by Republican delegates.
Republicans, convinced that Democrats who control the General Assembly want to raise taxes, have scheduled the hearings to solicit views on ways to cut spending. Last night's meeting in Arnold drew mostly residents from Anne Arundel County. But some, including Mr. Dornan, a Columbia computer programmer, traveled farther.