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Sen. Miller Says House Budget Could Mean Deep Cuts

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller says changes to the state budget made by House of Delegates committees could mean deep cuts and the need to raise revenue next year.

Miller said Tuesday that the two chambers will need to iron out the details to avoid more difficult decisions next year.

A House version of the budget, which still needs to be considered by the full chamber, raises income taxes for fewer taxpayers than the Senate version and rejects the Senate and Gov. Martin O’Malley’s plan to apply the state’s sales tax to online purchases.

The House plan, Miller says, would not raise enough money to handle the state’s $1 billion deficit.

He did say there are “positive arguments” that support both versions of the budget.

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

  • Debbie

    At least the House is looking at cutting spending something O’Malley and Miller don’t seem to understand. SPEND SPEND SPEND is all they know which is how we got such a large deficit to begin withl. It is time for their style of spending and raising taxes to end.

  • 1-0-3-0 WITHERSPOON

    laying off dead weight,,,,,should be real easy,,,but mark my words they will find a way to complicare this

  • Benton Heights

    Miiler and O’Malley do not know what cut means. If 2013 Fiscal Budget is 1.1 billion higher that Fiscal 2012 and that gets cut by 0.5 billion. Annapolis is still spending more. They haven’t come close to cutting or slashing. Amazing how they try to BS people.

  • OBG

    Hey Miller, the answer is easy. Make the budget $30B and you’ll have a $6B surplus. Any BS or MBA graduate could make that happen. Maybe you should call the UM business school and get some ideas.

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