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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate is working on the state’s $34 billion budget.

The Senate on Tuesday adopted some changes to budget legislation already approved by the House.

Both chambers want to double a surcharge on filing land records to $40. The Senate voted to phase out the increase in two years, instead of the five years approved by the House.

The Senate is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. to consider more amendments.

One of the biggest budget differences that the Senate is considering is legislation to raise the state’s alcohol tax 3 percent over three years. That move would generate an estimated $90 million.

Differences between the two chambers will have to be worked out later in the session, which adjourns April 11.

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

  1. William Monaghan says:

    This is the biggest joke of the year.Annapolis is full of unscrupulous people that ever lived, it is time to get rid of all of them.

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