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What Do You Think?

September 05, 2009

Editor's note: The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. A sampling of edited reader comments will run on The Herald-Mail's Opinion page on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

The question posted Wednesday on The Herald-Mail's Web site was: Was the State of Maryland's decision to cut back on spending for state health departments a wise decision with flu season approaching?

o "I would love to see a list of the state's budget. I think it would be a great idea to let the voters decide on which programs to cut/decrease spending in."

o "Name one smart decision the State of Maryland has made with regards to financing. ... These are public matters, officials and money. There should be more opportunity for we, the voters, and more importantly, taxpayers, to voice our opinions. Yes, they were elected to make these decisions for us, but we all know that doesn't always work for our benefit."

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o "I think flu season is overrated. Swine flu has a relatively low mortality rate and is getting a lot of weird press. Some news outlets make it out to be the grim reaper while others don't. All in all, I'm more afraid of our government's intentions than swine flu."

o "No, it's not a wise decision. This is what happens when you raise taxes, increase spending and don't save for a rainy day. Fiscal responsibility is the key here, and it's not an excuse to raise taxes again, as some may argue. Decrease your spending across the board by a lesser percent for every agency so it doesn't impact the agencies/services as much. Someone has probably figured out that if they cut services in 'high profile' programs, they will have public support to increase taxes. I say if you are going to reduce funding then also reduce or roll back taxes to the prior tax increase."

o "No. Wasn't slots supposed to save the finances of the state and then we had state employees take leave days and now we have leave days again. There was also the property taxes going up and save the bay from your septic tank tax and the list goes on. It appears we are promised if we raise this tax and cut programs that are needed, we will save the state, and like campaign promises, they aren't worth anything. I am sure there are cuts that can be made that do not affect the health of the community."

o "What would be interesting to find out is how much state revenue is collected from Baltimore and its citizens and how much the state pumps into Baltimore. It seems Baltimore and the immediate surrounding area always get plenty of tax dollars and are always the last to get cut while the rest of the state supports it."

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