Maryland residents will contribute more than $14.3 billion to the bloated military budget in 2011, even as they see painful cuts to health and social services and deteriorating infrastructure. The governor has reduced the state budget by more than $3 billion since 2007.
Were the military budget reduced by one quarter and that money directed to the states, all of those cuts would be reversed and the state would have at least $500 million more to spend on human and infrastructure needs. Those needs are pressing: 133,000 Maryland children live in poverty, more than 700,000 Marylanders lack health insurance, and 44% of roads and 25% of bridges need repair.
The following PDF provides a snapshot of major cuts and unmet needs the people of Maryland face: