From Del. Rick Impallaria:
Annapolis Update – MD State Budget — March 23, 2012
Well, I’ve done it again. I’ve voted against the state budget 9th year in a row. In 2004, the first year I voted Nay, only two other members voted with me. This year, we garnered 42 votes against the budget – a long way from the mere three votes 9 years ago. This time two Democrats who could no longer follow their party line voted with us.
We also voted on the BRFA (Budget Reconciliation and Finance Act), which is related to the budget. This year there were 50 votes against the BRFA – for the first time in the last 10 years. Also the red (Nay) vote was supported by both Democrats and Republicans, which was also a first-time event. While the legislation did pass, it shows that a growing number on both sides of the aisle are getting frustrated with the current administration’s fleecing of the Maryland taxpayer.
For me personally it has been a long road, from being one of three to vote against the budget, forming the Budget Reform Caucus to promote Nay votes, and now I am proud that so many of my colleagues have turned around and begun to reject the Maryland State Budget and the BRFA.