O'Malley wants more details on Ehrlich's Roadmap
The big ticket items include repealing a penny from the sales tax, ending furloughs for state workers, returning road construction funds to the locals and exempting military retiree pensions from the income tax. A conservative estimate of the cost is $766 million. (In order: $600 million + $64 million + $60 million + $42 million).
Its true that Ehrlich hasn't said how he'd pay for those ideas, and the commercial is fashioned around a response Ehrlich gave after reporters asked about that. He said: "The more detailed proposals will have to wait for later in the campaign, and quite frankly, for November 3rd." The general election is Nov. 2.
Ehrlich's response is played twice during the ad along with tape from news reports pointing out that Ehrlich hasn't accounted for the costs. O'Malley's team then takes a shot at Ehrlich, saying "Nov. 3 is too late to reveal plans to voters."
Ehrlich camp didn't reply to the substance of the spot, but threw the ball back to the governor. “Martin O’Malley’s hypocrisy has no limits," said Ehrlich campaign spokesman Henry Fawell. "Martin O’Malley refuses to be honest about how he will pay for his own campaign commitments."
Fawell lists "$8 billion in deficits" and "$3.6 billion in mass transit commitments" as O'Malley unpaid plans. The $8 billion figure came from January estimates, though a more current budget document shows the math really comes to $6.1 billion. By that same measure, Ehrlich left O'Malley with projections for $4.5 billion in deficits when he left office.
The transit commitments refer to the projected costs for building the Purple Line light rail connecting Montgomery and Prince George's counties plus a planned Red Line running east-west in Baltimore. O'Malley has said that he would not move forward with those projects unless the feds kick in about half of the funds. But, with the state pushing against its debt levels, it is unclear how the second half would be funded.