Budget Expert Says Lawmakers Need To ‘Get Real’

The Latest: budget expert says lawmakers need to ‘get real’

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – Maryland’s leading budget analyst says state lawmakers and policy makers need to “get real” about addressing ongoing budget shortfalls.

Warren Deschenaux, the legislature’s chief budget analyst, told a panel of lawmakers on Tuesday that the state appears to be in a period of comparatively slow economic growth. He says the state needs to trim its sails in order to accommodate that.

The long-time budget adviser for the state says lawmakers typically respond to shortfalls by making annual adjustments in hopes that better times will come. But now he says Maryland doesn’t have a recession to attribute hundreds of millions of dollars in shortfalls.

He says “getting real” means not “budgeting up to every possible dime,” though that requires discipline.

By:  AP