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O'Malley Calls Special Session To Deal with Budget, Taxes

Work will focus on balancing budget and eliminating $500 million in "doomsday" cuts.

Gov. Martin O'Malley Friday announced he will call state legislators back into session May 14 to deal with lingering state budget issues.

“There is too much at stake not to move forward,” O’Malley said in a statement Friday afternoon. “I’m confident that we can come together with the Senate President and House Speaker to complete this most important work for the people of our State.”

The session will focus on balancing the state budget and eliminating more than $500 million in cuts that were part of a so-called "doomsday budget" what passed at the end of this year's 90-day legislative session.

As part of that session, some legislators expect the General Assembly will be asked to approve an income tax increase for some Maryland residents. Shifting of teacher pensions from the state to the local jurisdictions may also be on the table.

O'Malley promised details on the session in a joint news conference with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller. The news conference is expected to take place some time next week.

Kathy May 08, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Actually, according to the Tax Foundation, Maryland's tax burden is only 36 out of 50, which puts us in the lowest 3rd. (The Worst at No 1 is Tennessee--who would have thought?) But taxes don't tell the entire story--Hawaii at 45 has one of the lowest tax rates, but it has a broad sales tax and is ridiculously expensive to live there. And Florida's ranking is 29th, which makes it a higher tax burden for working people, but since they don't tax investment income (I think) or estates , it is a better place to retire. I guess the point is, if all you care about is the tax rate, you can move to Montana or Maine (two of the least tax rates) but I find plenty to love about Maryland that makes it worth paying the taxes. (Although I would love it more if I paid less!)
Me May 08, 2012 at 09:05 PM
I was just reading the other day that if the tax increases pass in their special session, we'll be the 6th highest taxed state in the country. If I can remember where I read it, I'll post for all to enjoy (or choke on, more than likely).
Edward V tindel March 19, 2013 at 03:14 PM
THE ONLY WAY I WOULD VOTE FOR O,MALLEY IS TO VOTE HIM OUT OF OFFICE http://dontvotemartinomalley.renthandy.com/
Monica March 19, 2013 at 03:36 PM
But the dummies with a D next to their voter card will vote for him anyway. If Hitler were a D, they would choose him over Jesus.
Steve March 19, 2013 at 03:41 PM
That's just because the Republicans always field very weak candidates.

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