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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Your Money

The big Maryland story of the day is clearly the discovery that we have a $1 billion budget surplus. This will go toward paying back money that was taken from other accounts, toward preventing future deficits, and hopefully toward restoring services the governor has cut.

The York Dispatch some interestinginformation for us: "...in Maryland, there are 188 legislators paid $13,951 per year plus $104 per diem. They meet for three months only. Total salary cost per year: $5.9 million." The article also notes that we have "4.5 staff per legislator."