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Dan Rodricks | April 16, 2012
As they get older and feel the press of time, some men need to condense into a short span all that they feel they've missed before it's too late; they worry about their legacy and what the eulogist might say of them. Others are more relaxed about the whole thing; they fear neither time nor public opinion. They realize they can't change the world and look around with wonderment at those who do. Take Mike Miller - please. He's the president of the Maryland Senate who, with a great mane of white hair, looks in profile like a founding father, or perhaps an early 19th Century politician in the spirit of Clay and Calhoun, names he uttered in the State House last week after the 2012 General Assembly ended badly, without a budget compromise.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2012
Instead of the confetti, balloons and good will that typically mark the end of the General Assembly's 90-day session, the legislature adjourned Monday with a toxic mixture of anger and disbelief that the Democratic-controlled body gridlocked and was forced to enact a fallback budget that cuts deeply into Democratic spending priorities. The blame game started immediately. One top Democrat called for Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. to step aside. Political pundits — and the Republican Party — pointed fingers at Gov. Martin O'Malley, saying he's been too busy preparing a presidential run and has neglected his duties in Annapolis.
NEWS
April 13, 2012
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller should promptly step down following his outrageous, irresponsible, unprofessional, petulant, self-centered performance during the final days and hours of the just-completed 90-day session of the General Assembly ("Debacle in Annapolis," April 11). He purposely sabotaged the budget compromise for his personal campaign to expand gambling to a sixth site in Maryland. Senator Miller's arrogance and egotism are breathtaking. Mr. Miller then has the audacity to suggest yet another, special session of the General Assembly at an additional cost of $21,000 to $100,000 per day to the already-overburdened Maryland taxpayers.
NEWS
April 13, 2012
I have no problem with the Maryland legislature coming back for a "special session" ("Debacle in Annapolis," April 10). But they have completed their assigned constitutional task of passing a budget. So why would they need a special session? It appears they don't like the "doomsday" budget that they passed. But is that a sufficient reason for recalling the legislature for a special session? Because they don't like something that they did? I don't think so! If a special session is called, it should be done without taxpayer cost.
NEWS
April 13, 2012
Seems like the so-called "doomsday" budget might be the way to go for a year ("After breakdown, what?" April 11). F. Cordell, Lutherville
EXPLORE
EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | April 12, 2012
When better than on Friday the 13th to lampoon Doomsday, or more specifically Maryland's so-called Doomsday Budget. First target: A special session of the Maryland General Assembly. Going back about two weeks before the latest 90-day regular session of the Maryland General Assembly was slated to draw to a close, there was talk of a special session being called, either right after the regular session that ended at midnight Monday into Tuesday, or possibly in the fall. There's only one good reason to have a special session, and that reason has been in place for decades.
EXPLORE
April 12, 2012
"The Maryland General Assembly meets in Annapolis each year for 90 days to act on more than 2300 bills including the State's annual budget. " That's the first line in the Maryland General Assembly's official web page. But this year, it's a lie. Because this year, lawmakers failed to act on the state's annual budget, ending their 90-day session at midnight before they could vote on a hastily arranged compromise reached by their leaders, and prompting the so-called "doomsday" budget to kick in, a budget balanced by millions of dollars in cuts.
NEWS
By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2012
Gov. Martin O'Malley on Thursday accepted some of the blame for the budget impasse that left the state with a spending plan that cuts about half a billion dollars from key Democratic priorities such as education. "We all hold blame," O'Malley, a Democrat, said on WTOP's monthly Ask the Governor show. "We're all public servants. ... When the public is ill-served, as the public is right now, we all share the responsibility. " "I wish we had had a different result," he said. "It was not for lack of trying.
NEWS
April 11, 2012
Our state elected officials continue to amaze me - and not in as good way. Our legislature had 90 days to do its work, its most important task being the budget. Ninety days was not long enough to take a hard look at programs and expenses and make the difficult choices necessary to cut spending and balance our budget? Now, we the taxpayers will foot the bill for a special session because our elected officials couldn't do their job? Only in government. Let's take the doomsday budget.
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