Ideas abound for state spending cuts

November 13, 1991|By John A. Morris

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.

A self-described one-man tax revolt, Mr. Dornan proposed everything from reducing welfare for pregnant women to laying off more state employees. Others proposed less sweeping cuts, such as closing the governor's mansion one day a week.

Slashing the salaries of administrators earning more than $100,000 by 15 percent would save about $164,000, said Janet Greenip, president of the Maryland Federation of Republican Women.

Paul Grimm of Pasadena said he had to take a 15 percent pay cut to find another engineering job after being laid off two years ago and can't afford higher taxes. "My house is for sale, and if you raise taxes, I'm North Carolina-bound," Mr. Grimm said.

The next GOP hearing will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Loch Raven High School.

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