AFP-MD's State Director on What's the Matter with Maryland
What’s the matter with Maryland?
As the clock struck midnight on sine die, the adjournment of the Maryland General Assembly’s 90-day legislative session, the traditional shouts of joy, smiles, and ticker tape parade were noticeably absent from the State House. Instead, confusion, turmoil and dysfunction filled each office and corridor in and around Annapolis. The reason: failure to meet the only constitutional duty the Maryland legislature and governor have — to balance the state budget.
Petty political games, tax hikes and gambling held them up from performing the work of the people, the mainstream media said. But the real missing piece in Maryland’s legislative equation was the leader of our state, Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley.
O’Malley is running for president. He is a second-term governor and chairman of the Democratic Governors Association. He is also willing to do anything, short of jumping into I-95 traffic, to garner national media attention. Between his appearances on "Morning Joe" and "Face the Nation," O’Malley appears to have forgotten about hardworking taxpayers here in Maryland.