Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, facing a $1.5 billion deficit, has asked his staff to come up with $200 million in cuts.
The fact that he's asked for such cuts is a good thing, but with a July 11 Board of Public Works meeting looming, the staff hasn't hit the target yet.
O'Malley has hinted that cuts alone won't close the gap, but before he starts talking about "revenue enhancements" - new taxes - we'd like to hear that the governor has taken advantage of a resource provided by a fellow Democrat four years ago.
Former Gov. Marvin Mandel chaired a panel, which looked at many state agencies and policies and offered a number of recommendations, including: