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Sen. Miller Says House Budget Could Mean Deep Cuts

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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.)

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