The Baltimore Sun’s John Fritze lays out the facts pretty well – federal spending in Maryland is down and Maryland’s congressional delegation just lost a lot of its clout. Maryland Democrats spend every waking hour pointing fingers and trying to figure out why voters rejected their tax and spend message on November 4th. Maryland Republicans like Governor-elect Larry Hogan, new Howard County Exec Allan Kittleman, and new Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver are trying to clean up the messes left by years of wasteful, misguided spending and a belief that taxpayers can be plucked like chickens.
Well, in the Once Free State government IS the family business. Turn to your left. Turn to your right. Somebody is working for the federal, state, or local government. With federal spending down $1.2 billion in Maryland (over $3 billion when you take out entitlement spending and adjust for inflation), times aren’t looking so good.
Economist Anirban Basu has it right:
"No one is suggesting that Maryland should not continue to focus attention on federal contracting and related industries, but these industries will no longer be the economic engines of growth that they have been.”
Maryland can be a great state. It simply needs to get out of the way of business and allow its job creators to grow and prosper. This will, in turn, attract new job creators. Larry Hogan seems committed to doing just that. Let’s hope.