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Maryland's finances aren't so rosy

In their op-ed piece calling on Congress to "Fix the sequester before it's too late" (April 5), Rep. Steny Hoyer and Gov. Martin O'Malley assert that Maryland is on the verge of eliminating its long-standing structural deficit.

To the extent that is true, it still doesn't account for the mounting unfunded liabilities related to public employee health care benefits and pensions in Maryland that must be paid by the taxpayers.

So long as our political leaders are unwilling to identify this major fiscal challenge facing future generations the problem of Maryland's structural deficit cannot be addressed.

Philip Enstice, Ellicott City

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