ANNAPOLIS — The chief fiscal analyst for the Maryland General Assembly is warning lawmakers they need to prepare for the “big train that is coming” from federal budget cuts.
Warren Deschenaux, director of the state’s Office of Policy Analysis, said Monday the best way to be ready is to reduce the state’s ongoing budget deficit.
He says Gov. Martin O’Malley’s budget proposal goes a long way toward doing that, with a mix of spending reductions and budget cuts.
Deschenaux says the Democratic governor’s budget would reduce the state’s currently ongoing $1.1 billion deficit to about $400 million.
O’Malley’s budget proposal includes tax increases and a controversial shift of some teacher pension costs to the counties.
Deschenaux says lawmakers need to find alternatives, if they find some of the governor’s proposals are unpalatable.