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What's That Number Again?

Gov. Martin O'Malley briefs the media on his budget but forgets one important figure.

Media from around the state just broke from a news conference with Gov. Martin O'Malley during which they were briefed on his proposed 2013 state budget.

But one of the most important numbers was missing—exactly how big O'Malley's proposed budget will be.

During the event O'Malley talked to the press about spending $4 billion on jobs ($3.6 billion in the capital budget) and shifting $240 million in teacher pension costs to local governments and an increase in the flush tax based on usage.

He also put off questions about a possible gas tax saying he'd answer those questions another day.

But how much is the actual budget? He didn't mention it during the nearly one-hour briefing and neither did his staff. It wasn't in his press release.

He did say it was a 1.9 percent increase over the current budget.

It wasn't until the media signed for and was handed their copies of the five volume budget book set that we learned the bottom line number is about $35.9 billion (including reserve fund expenditures). That's actually a 3 percent increase from the current $34.8 billion budget. (The governor's number appears to exclude reserve fund expenditures.)

We'll have more on the budget and it's potential impact soon.

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CB9678 January 22, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Wow you want to jetisen about 33% of the population of the state?
kevin January 23, 2012 at 01:08 AM
cb9678 only about 5% work outside of goverment and union jobs.Let them have thier own state.Schaffer wanted to take over DC when he became govenor to create an unbeatable Democratic state .It happened anyway.By the way does anyone else notice Helen Bentley STILL selfishly working for our state and port and accomplishing great things?How much better off would we have been if they honestly counted votes and she beat SPENDENING?
CB9678 January 23, 2012 at 02:19 AM
I thought Ellen Sauerbrey ran against Parris Glendening?
Carole January 23, 2012 at 03:12 PM
For anyone who cares, here is a nice article to read; O'Malley's March to Washington http://www.nationalreview.com/blogs/print/288802
amdactivist January 27, 2012 at 01:26 AM
corrupt deep pocket politicians and pensions is what got us in this mess. Do away with all of it.. why don't people pay into 401k's or other investments. Taxpayers should not be burdened with paying any of it..Look at the size of government and how much we pay for all their pensions.. Omalley is a weasle and a liar and has no problems giving illegal alien criminals $2billion a year of our money.. Somebody keeps voting these fleas back in office. Maybe the democrats vote and the others just talk about chit..

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