Ulman: No More Cuts

The Howard County executive says his top priority in the 2013 General Assembly Session is to avoid additional cuts in state aid.

UPDATED (4:00 p.m.)—If Howard County Executive Ken Ulman had one wish for the coming General Assembly session it would be to avoid the type of cuts to local aid that have affected his county and others for the last five years.

"Just don't cut me any more," Ulman said Tuesday during an appearance on the Midday with Dan Rodricks show on WYPR radio. [Listen to the show.]

Ulman lamented cuts to local aid which in recent years have seen transportation funding cut by as much as 90 percent and a shifting of some teacher pension costs to the local jurisdictions.

"It's been a rough time to be a county executive," Ulman said of the cuts and trying economic times.

The Howard County executive's pleas echo those of leaders from other counties.

Many county officials from around the state called on the General Assembly to forego the types of budget cuts and cost shifts enacted over the last several years.

Wicomico County Executive and newly sworn-in president of the Maryland Association of Counties told MarylandReporter.com last week that many members believe "enough is enough."

MG42 January 09, 2013 at 12:58 AM
Ken, as a Maryland and Howard County taxpayer, the money comes out of my pocket either way. Quit whining like a little baby and control your spending. That's your job, bro.
JaySmith January 09, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Ken......You spend OUR tax dollars, that we send to the state and to HoCo. Stop whining that you're not getting enough of our state dollars. How much has your County spending gone down? How much Rolls-Royce benefits of county ees have been cut? I would guess not much if any. Typical big-spending, never-reducing liberal democrat. I can't wait to retire OUT of Maryland.
Sanchez January 09, 2013 at 03:21 PM
"avoid the type of cuts to local aid that have affected his county and others for the last five years." "Just don't cut me any more," Ulman said" WE say the same about YOU people RAISING OUR taxes and fees!!! "Just don't TAX me any more!"
Nicholas Aleshin January 10, 2013 at 01:29 AM
My hope and desire is that our Federal, State and County budgets are cut significantly, because the politicians in charge are addicted to extorting as much of your hard-earned money from you as is possible. Much of their spending programs are simply vote-buying schemes disguised as "must have" programs that are virtually useless, except to the politicians. Remember, greed exists at the Federal, State and County levels.
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