Will MD's GOP walk the walk on curbing debt?
In responding to Gov. Martin O'Malley's State of the State address noted the state's mounting debt and but also observed that: "Many legislative members, including myself, have important projects that we would like to have funded."
She then offered to take one on the chin for the sake of fiscal responsibility.
"In light of the economic times we face, our caucus has asked that these projects not be funded," said Haddaway-Riccio, who represents Caroline, Dorchester, Wicomico and Talbot counties.
The only problem: Haddaway-Riccio two weeks ago asked the state to borrow $250,000 for a project in Talbot County. Her request, H.B. 30, pays for a bulkhead replacement at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
Quoting from Haddaway-Riccio's bill: "The Board of Public Works may borrow money and incur indebtedness on behalf of the State of Maryland through a State loan to be known as the Talbot County Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Bulkhead Replacement Loan of 2011."
The legislation is one of hundreds of so-called "bond bills" that members introduce every year in an attempt to secure funds for "important projects" in their districts. It's a state government equivalent to a federal earmark.
We called Haddaway-Riccio to get her take on how her legislative record squares with her State of the State response.
Haddaway-Riccio said this morning that she introduced the Maritime Museum bill before she had a chance to see the governor's budget. Haddaway-Riccio said she's not withdrawing her bill.