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Rascovar: Hogan’s ‘deflategate’

By Barry Rascovar

For MarylandReporter.com

Talk about an uneven fight! When it comes to shaping the Maryland state budget Gov. Larry Hogan Jr. is the pre-determined champion.

Think of the budget as a balloon. The governor decides how much air gets pumped into the balloon ($40 billion). Once this is done, the legislature can let out some of that air — but it can’t expand the size of the balloon at all.

This year the new Republican governor embarked on a truth-in-budgeting drive, eliminating much of Maryland’s underlying structural deficit with $1.3 billion in cuts.

In other words, Hogan gave the legislature a dramatically smaller balloon to play with. And there’s nothing lawmakers can do to create a bigger budget balloon short of raising taxes — pretty much of a non-starter this year.

– See more at: http://marylandreporter.com/2015/02/01/rascovar-hogans-deflategate/#sthash.mtb5f5kt.dpuf

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