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Rascovar: Hogan’s placeholder budget

By Barry Rascovar

For MarylandReporter.com

Gov. Larry Hogan Jr. must be doing something right in his first few days in office because he’s got nearly everyone upset about his $40 billion budget.

Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, lobbying groups of all shapes and sizes are griping about parts of the new governor’s spending plan. That’s a good thing: Hogan needed to dispassionately cut $1.25 billion to present a balanced budget, which meant making everyone uncomfortable.

In reality, this is a placeholder budget for Hogan. The more substantive and important task of analyzing Maryland spending and eliminating or paring down non-essential expenditures on a permanent basis will be reflected in Hogan’s budget next year.

– See more at: http://marylandreporter.com/2015/01/25/rascovar-hogans-placeholder-budget/#sthash.zgzT6ZFM.dpuf

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