The news that Governor O'Malley and the top leaders of the General Assembly are now considering two special legislative sessions is unheard of and preposterous ("
Passing a balanced budget should have been the highest priority during the three-month regular session. Since the legislature didn't manage to do that, taxpayers are now faced with paying $20,000 a day for every day of the special sessions.
We certainly don't need a special session to discuss an expansion of gambling. The building and operation of the already-approved casinos should take place before any expansion of gambling is even considered.
Most citizens of Maryland look on special legislative sessions primarily as a means to create more mischief, such as a second opportunity to raise taxes.
If there is to be a special session, it should be exclusively for passing a responsible budget. That would also give the senators and delegates a chance to at least partly redeem themselves from their previous inaction.