Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich, who promised a year-long review of state government to find waste and streamline operations, apparently has changed course.
Maryland's chief executive is now apparently ready to cut first and study later. It's not a strategy that makes sense, unless its object is to punish those lawmakers who didn't vote for his ill-formed slot-machine proposal.
How deep will the next round of cuts be? Maryland Budget Secretary James "Chip" DiPaula said the administration wants to trim $500 million from the $22.4 billion budget that takes effect July 1.
For the University of Maryland, which was forced to raise tuition in mid-semester, the next round could amount to $60 million.