We write as members and leaders of Maryland's faith community. We are glad that a special session of the
We each witness in our own congregations and communities the harm the Great Recession has wrought. Now is decidedly not the time to slash more from a state budget that already has left families and communities reeling.
If the doomsday budget were implemented, Maryland's educational system at both the K-12 and college levels would be especially hard hit. The $128 million taken from our public schools plus a 10 percent reduction to higher education equal a terrible disinvestment in our youth and their futures. We know first-hand how tenuous a path so many youth have. As noted by
Public libraries, public safety, funds for foster care and disabled persons — all suffer reductions in the doomsday budget. We cannot afford to allow such cutbacks.
When the legislature reconvenes, we urge that the full measure of cuts made in the doomsday budget be reversed. We also urge restoring the higher tax on little cigars and smokeless tobacco approved during the legislative session but lost during its final hours. Doing so would save thousands of lives and combat youth addiction to tobacco before it starts.
If Maryland is to be both great and good, it must steer away from the doomsday path without delay, and in full measure.
Arthur C. Abramson, Bishop Douglas Miles, Rev. Fred Weimert, Baltimore