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Maryland Wants Your Budget Suggestions

Ian Scott on Thursday, August 20, 2009 at 11:11:48 pm

Maryland is using the internet to engage citizens in the debate over how to bridge the budget gap.

Through Governor Martin O'Malley's web portal the State of Maryland has, over the past few weeks, requested input from the general public on where to make cuts.  The feedback they've cataloged ranges from thoughtful tax policy changes to this suggestion from Ann Arundel County:

"Sell the Governor's Mansion and live in your own house!"

Additionally, the webpage offers information (including charts) on steps taken to reduce government spending, a forum to discuss proposed changes, and a comparison between Maryland and other states.

If well publicized and well managed, this kind of outlet could help win support for some of the hard budget decisions that will have to be made over the coming years.

Click HERE to link.

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