Maryland Wants ‘Can-do’ Government

Posted on November 15, 2007


Today (Thursday), we wait to see if 85 members of the Maryland House of Delegates can work up the gumption to vote for a referendum on slots. If not, does the Special Session unravel?

While the delegates are waiting and grumbling, this would be a good time to ask: What do The People of Maryland want?

  • “Don’t raise my taxes. Period.”
  • OR
  • “I’m willing to pay a little more taxes if it will improve schools, health care, or transportation.”

The answer is both of the above. I believe these are two widespread and sometimes overlapping points of view in Maryland. The former is me-oriented and the latter is we-oriented.

On a deeper level, what do The People fear, what do they want, what do they hope for?

People fear that our system of government is corrupt and dysfunctional. They fear that many politicians are craven and incompetent.

I believe people are hoping for some sign that Maryland government is not dysfunctional, that government can work effectively for the good of the people.

The credibility of Gov. Martin O’Malley and the credibility of every Democratic state senator and every Democratic delegate depends on their ability to deliver a tax package that is fair and progressive, a tax package that does not favor the rich and the near-rich at the expense of the middle and the working poor.

The General Assembly has an opportunity to restore confidence in government. That’s what people want.  — Bernie Hayden