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O’Malley Defends Record On Spending Cuts

January 20th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

During a budget briefing this week, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley spent much of his meeting with the media defending his administrations record on spending cuts. The governor noted that during his administration state spending has been cut by $7.5-billion. However, state budgets have increased every year during the O'Malley Administration, by a total of 16%. The governor pointed out that 5,500 state jobs have been eliminated during his administration. Aides to the governor say the state budgets have grown over the years in part because of an influx of federal dollars The O'Malley aides also point out that some cuts were increases in spending that ended up being smaller than first proposed. When questions continued centering on the governor’s view of the reductions- he essentially told reporters that the numbers “are what they are” and that he would put his administrations record of spending cuts against any other in state history…

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