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Crying wolf over UMBC's 'doomsday' budget

Letter writer Raymond Hoff bemoans what he calls UMBC's "doomsday" budget, which is really a "live within your means" budget ("UMBC excellence imperiled by 'doomsday,'" April 23).

Mr. Hoff complains that UMBC faculty and staff have not had a cost-of-living increase in three years. But he should be happy to still have a job — a luxury not available to legions of unemployed Marylanders, some of whom have been unemployed for three years.

He talks about academics who have moved out of the state and the difficulty of hiring replacements for them. But did it occur to him that the business and tax environments of Gov. Martin O'Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch are so unattractive that many people would prefer to stay where they are or go to more favorable states than Maryland?

Taxpayers cannot afford any more taxes or deals by these three politicians. UMBC will have to survive just as most Maryland households do — by living within its budget.

The school should stop inciting students by forecasting high tuition increases. Instead, it should get to work finding ways to make the necessary cuts, just as many of those students' families had to do.

Joe Brown, Centreville

Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times
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