Posted by : Halima Khait Monday, November 26, 2012
Election season has ended and with its conclusion, the promises that politicians courted voters with have moved into their next stage – being broken.
I had a bittersweet moment last week when I caught a glimpse of this The Examiner headline: Maryland Faces Years of Hefty Budget Gaps. This a mere two weeks after Election Day. Fourteen Days after a majority of Maryland voters approved bringing a casino to the National Harbor. A decision that was supposed to bridge budget deficits.
My first reaction was to write about how I knew building another entertainment venue in Prince George’s County would do nothing to reconcile the difference between ever-increasing tax revenue, supposed budgetary needs and ever decreasing quality of living in the county. But my next thought was about what’s on the line; if the county is not making money, it has to enforce cutbacks. These will undoubtedly even further diminish services for our youth.
In the face of this, I didn’t expect officials to start preparing to reveal the okie doke they just pulled so soon. Two weeks and Governor O’Malley has gone from TV ads requesting voters approve Question 7, to the front page of the newspaper admitting the measure he assured would help our community isn’t enough.
I’m no accountant and I don’t know what happened behind our local political scenes, but I’m pretty sure it takes longer than two weeks to balance a multi-year budget. I’m going to leave it at this, because like I said, I’m dealing in assumptions, but I’m going to venture to say, officials knew about this continuing deficit while they were convincing voters to approve Question 7.