For months now, House Speaker R. Clayton Mitchell has adamantly maintained that citizens want lawmakers to solve the state's entire billion-dollar deficit problem by simply cutting back the size of government. No new taxes has been Mr. Mitchell's credo. And he has held firm to this position. The people want it that way, he says.
But Mr. Mitchell, it turns out, is wrong. According to today's Sun Poll, Marylanders do not want endless cutting of jobs and government services that will hurt schools, police and fire operations, libraries and the social programs they have come to depend upon.
By a stunning margin of 3 1/2 to 1, those polled said they favored a combination of spending cuts and higher taxes. Only 18 percent of these individuals said they favored the Mitchell "no new taxes" approach. The vast majority of those polled statewide, 66 percent, said they want "some cuts in services and some tax increase."