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Md. Tea Partiers Plan Counter State Address

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A group of Maryland tea partiers is planning its own state-of-the-state address to express its opposition to a series of fees and taxes lawmakers have floated as they seek to pass a budget.

Charles Lollar, head of Americans for Prosperity Maryland, plans to speak out Friday against proposed new fees on car purchasing, vanity plates and a possible hike in the alcohol tax. He’ll make his remarks in front of the State House in a speech modeled after the governor’s annual State of the State Address.

Lollar lost a congressional race last year to U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer. Lollar now runs Americans for Prosperity Maryland, a group that’s been at the center of Maryland’s tea party efforts.

State lawmakers plan to end their 2011 session at midnight Monday.

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

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