Md. Leader Wants To End Earmarks, Seeks Her Own

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland House Republican leader who is pressing to end the state’s $15 million earmark program has been seeking earmarks for her own district this year. 

House Minority Whip Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio delivered a televised response Tuesday to Gov. Martin O’Malley’s state of the state address. She called for an end to the so-called bond bills because of the state’s economic crisis. 

Haddaway-Riccio tells The Baltimore Sun she was seeking $1.4 million in earmarks before she learned of the state’s dire financial troubles.

The Eastern Shore lawmaker sought funds for a lighthouse, a hospice, a Cambridge senior housing center, an arts center and the Chesapeake Maritime Museum. Three earmarks were sought before O’Malley’s budget proposal and two were sponsored after. 

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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