Yes Virginia, our neighbors across the Potomac are crazy.
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, the bum who had a mediocre tenure as Mayor of Baltimore, recently got the enormous Democratic majority in the Maryland state legislature to pass a $1.4 billion tax hike.
See, Maryland, this is what you get when you get rid of a popular incumbent Republican Governor in Bob Ehrlich just because he had an "R" next to his name. Ehrlich had done wonders for the state without having to resort to tax increases. Now, Maryland has earned themselves this huge tax hike.
See, Maryland was facing a $1.4 billion revenue shortfall, so instead of being fiscally wise and trimming down the budget, that simply passed a tax increase that covered the shortfall.
Also passed last night was legislation to allow 15,000 slot machines to be installed in 5 different race tracks in the state of Maryland. This was a measure that former Governor Ehrlich supported and managed to win public support for the idea...and now this is being trumpeted as some kind of victory for O'Malley!
Oy! It's times like this that I'm glad I no longer live in my birthplace.