Here on the home front my dismay has been escalating. But, as always, our dear Gov provides ironic relief (that's like comic relief, but only in Maryland.) About a month ago he announced that he was cutting off Medicaid support for the children of legal immigrants who had not been here for five years. Budgetary considerations, you know. He did this with his typical streak of cold hearted effectiveness. It has already had a major impact on at least on child in my practice.
And then? And then? And then? Along came .. (no, I can't keep descending into this flashback to the 50's).
"Ehrlich cites big surplus, hints of tax cuts"So, you see, on week one we have no money for poor kids and on week four we are going to give all those poor millionaires a tax cut with our surplus. Ehrlich logic. (of course he is running for re-election)
Annapolis (AP) - Gov. Rober Ehrlich, citing a state budge surplus he said now exceeds $1 billion, raised the possibility Tuesday of using some of that money next year to reduce taxes.
Just so everyone is on the same page, the reason for a surplus is very simple. The state property tax is a cash cow because everyone and their brother (actually, a lot of fools) are driving the real estate market through the ceiling. Serves them right that their million dollar shack is taxed at a million dollar rate. What did they expect? (Its borrowed money anyway, borrowed from the Chinese. You don't think we're going to pay them back, do you? Little yellow guys.)
They expected, TA DA, OUR DEAR GOV....