Alexander Pyles//April 19, 2012
//April 19, 2012
An email sent by Friends of Martin O’Malley and attributed to the governor suggests a special session will be called to address the $500 million in spending cuts put into place when the General Assembly enacted a “doomsday budget.”
“As Democrats, we know we need to come together to protect our investments in public education, affordable college and public safety — and we will come back to complete this important work,” the e-mail says.
Most of the email criticizes the reaction of Republicans lawmakers, who said Tuesday that a special legislative session is not necessary.
“When Republicans in Annapolis learned that the inaction by the Maryland General Assembly would result in more than $500 million in cuts to public education, public safety and social services, they cheered,” the e-mail continued.
To be fair, very little cheering was heard when the clock struck midnight on April 9, ending the 90-day regular session. Even though Republicans have said the “doomsday” budget was acceptable, House of Delegates Minority Leader Anthony J. O’Donnell, R-Calvert and St. Mary’s, said Tuesday that the plan was not one the caucus would have crafted.
O’Malley has been meeting with Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and House Speaker Michael E. Busch this week in an attempt to get the assembly leaders to reach consensus on a plan to prevent the cuts, which would go into place on July 1.