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Maryland Budget Puzzle Still Murky

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller is warning lawmakers this will be one of the most contentious sessions ever in terms of dealing with the budget.

Miller, D-Calvert, on Friday outlined budget work that remains in flux.

Senators are finding plenty of disagreement with Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposals to find more revenue to tackle a $1.1 billion deficit, so they’re working on their own.

Miller says senators are exploring a way to phase in O’Malley’s proposed split of teacher pension costs with counties over more than one year, instead of doing it all at once.

Miller says an income tax increase is under consideration, as well as more budget cuts.

More pieces of the budget puzzle should fill in next week as senators begin making decisions on changes.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. Honest Steve says:

    CUT SPENDING.

    You can not TAX your way out of 1.1 BILLION.

    What is it going to be next year? And the year after? And the next? You cant KEEP TAXING to fix this.

    There was an article posted here that 60 MILLION dollars of fraud/waste was found in MTA’s “Disbility” service…over HALF your freaking budget deficit right there.

    Stop expecting the neighbors to take care of the neighborhood. It’s not my responsbiility to FEED and EDUCATE and CLOTH 5 children next door to me because their parents cant make a budget or dont care not to keep reproducing.

    This isnt hard folks.

  2. fed up says:

    why is it they keep wanting to fix the budget on our backs the taxpayers, when they need to start trimmiing the fat at the top, Omalley and his cohorts should feel some of the pain for a change, they live off our dime so let them foot some of their own bills for once and then maybe they would see how it feels to fill his own car with gas from his own pocket, pay for his own trips out of his personal funds buy his own food etc

  3. Dan says:

    If O’Malley and the other irresponsible eaters in Annapolis could just held yearly spending growth to 1% over the rate of inflation during his time in office, not cutting a single service or department by one penny, real increases every single year, there would be a budget surplus this year of 4.8 billion dollars.

    Which is to say, the state sales tax and fuel tax could be dropped entirely and the budget would come in pretty much even.

    Maryland doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has an utterly uncontrolled spending problem.

  4. J says:

    You all voted for the Democrat government in Maryland. The vast majority in terms of areas don’t. Those in Montgomery, Baltimore County, PG county, and Baltimore city have inflicted this on the rest of us. Thanks!!! Since O’malley was elected we have had toll increases, sales tax increases, liquor tax increases, cigarette tax increases, registration fee increases, emissions testing increases, etc. etc. Yet we are still 1.1 billion in the hole. In addition, he accepted millions in stimulus spending from the federal government. This was used to start new programs that couldn’t be paid for. And you wonder why we have a problem. Last but not least, one needs to realize that the consumer base in each of the given areas increased has increased. As such you understand that that results in increased funds. As such you actually come to understand that they have a spending problem, not a tax problem.

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