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Those Republican Governors & Their Deficits

And the Dems have to come in and clean up the mess. As it goes nationally, so it goes locally.


Governor Bob Ehrlich spent millions of campaign and tax dollars trying to convince the citizens of Maryland that he solved Maryland’s “fiscal crisis” by turning a”$4 billion deficit into a $2 billion surplus.” But, as he prepares to leave office in January, new state revenue estimates show Ehrlich leaves behind one of the most severe budget disasters in Maryland history – a deficit estimated at nearly $6 billion.

“It’s no wonder Ehrlich leaves with a smirk on his face – he’s getting out of town just in time to avoid dealing with the fiscal disaster he created,” says Terry Lierman, Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party. “How he claims with a straight face to have been a fiscally competent Governor just boggles the mind.”


Governor Patrick says the state faces a potential budget deficit of one billion dollars in the next fiscal year.

The state's new chief executive says the Romney administration misrepresented the financial situation with "all sorts of patches and plugs."

As Howard Dean has often said: "You can't trust Republicans with your money".