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House Approves FY 2014 Budget

The Maryland House of Delegates approved (101-36) Governor Martin O’Malley’s $37 billion budget in largely party line vote. Four Republicans joined the Democratic majority.  Earlier in the week, the House Appropriations Committee reduced O’Malley’s original general fund spending proposal by $72 million, the bulk of which comes from over-budgeting for Medicaid.   The overall budget increases by $1.2 billion and continues fiscal gimmicks that have characterized Maryland’s budgetary process over the last decade,  fund raids, transfers and financing of core government functions through bond debt.



Mark Newgent

Mark Newgent is the editor of Watchdog Wire – Maryland, and a contributing editor to Red Maryland, the premiere blog of conservative politics in the Free State, voted one of the best state political blogs by the Washington Post two years in a row. His writing has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Washington Examiner, National Review Online, and more. Contact:, Twitter: @MarkNewgent

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