Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Saying One Thing Doing Another on Bond Bills

According to Delegate Michael Smigiel’s Facebook page, on January 18th the Maryland House Republican Caucus voted to send a letter to House leadership that they were not in favor of any bond bills.

However, several Republicans, including members of the caucus leadership Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Adelaide Eckardt, along with their Senate colleague Richard Colburn have already filed over $3 million worth of bond bills.

Haddaway-Riccio is Minority Whip, and Eckardt is chair of the party caucus. Since 2007 the pair has proposed over $10 million in bond bills.

It’s not that these bond bills represent a huge chunk of the state’s structural deficit—they don’t—but like federal earmarks they are a gateway drug to the big ticket items that fuel Maryland’s tax and spend addiction.

This hypocrisy just reiterates to the legislature’s Democratic majority that Republicans are so dysfunctional they can’t even present a unified front. Until this keystone cops routine ends, Speaker of the House Michael Busch and President of the Senate, Thomas V. “Mike” Miller will continue pick off feckless Republicans with bond bills and other treats, like former Delegate Page Elmore, who in 2008, sold his votes on the tech tax and the budget in return for getting the Smith Island cake named Maryland’s official dessert.

Time for the Republicans to stop playing enabler and put up a real fight.
Here is a list of the Republican filed bond bills, the amount, the recipient, and their Republican sponsors. You can view a list of all filed bond bills here.

HB21/SB26: $300,000 for Construct Replica Choptank River Lighthouse. Sponsors: Adelaide Eckardt, Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Richard Colburn

HB30/SB28: $250,000 for Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Bulkhead Replacement. Sponsors: Adelaide Eckardt, Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Richard Colburn

HB56/SB29: $250,000 for Talbot Hospice Expansion. Sponsors: Adelaide Eckardt, Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Richard Colburn

HB95/SB27: $75,000 for Dorchester Center for the Arts - Atrium Entrance. Sponsors: Adelaide Eckardt, Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Richard Colburn

HB29: $125,000 for Construction/renovation of Carroll Field Puglise Stadium Field Lights. Sponsors: Tony McConkey

SB34/HB106: $500,000 for Blandair Regional Park. Sponsors: Allan Kittleman

SB35: $200,000 for Mount Pleasant Farm Buildings. Sponsors: Allan Kittleman

SB36/HB107: $144,000 for The Arc of Howard County, Graeloch Home Renovation. Sponsors: Allan Kittleman

SB37: $500,000 for Troy Regional Park. Sponsors: Allan Kittleman

SB38: $450,000 for Former Ellicott City Post Office. Sponsors: Allan Kittleman

SB106: $400,000 for Hospice of Queen Anne's. Sponsors: EJ Pipkin, Richard Colburn

2 comments:

petecar17 said...

I personally know Senator Kittleman and have discussed the bond bill issue with him. He is opposed to bond bills and stated publicly at the Howard County Delegation hearing that he would prefer to not have any bond bills this year. However, the Democrat leadership has not indicated whether they will be allowing bond bills.

The Howard County bond bills were proposed by County Executive Ulman. The three Howard County senators agreed to sponsor the bills should the legislature decide to allow bond bills. It is Senator Kittleman’s hope that the legislature will not pass any bond bills, but he realized that if the bond bills are going to be allowed, his constituents should not be penalized.

I understand and appreciate Senator Kittleman’s position on this issue.

John J. Walters said...

I'm glad to see that you're covering this issue on RedMaryland. We're covering bond bills this week at the Maryland Policy blog as well. Probably all week, but maybe even more.

Lots of good content in all that pork, waste, and hypocrisy. The stuff of blog posts.

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