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Decisions And Adjustments Being Made To O’Malley’s Proposed Budget

March 9th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

A Maryland Senate committee has begun making decisions about adjustments to Governor Martin O'Malley's proposed budget legislation. The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee met Thursday afternoon to consider recommendations by the panel's subcommittees. One subcommittee decided to shave off $4.4 million more from the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund. O'Malley already had diverted nearly half of the $48 million initially in the fund. The committee also will be deciding on the governor's proposal to raise taxes on cigars and smokeless tobacco. The budget has been challenging this year, as lawmakers work to balance the state's books for the next fiscal year and knock down an ongoing $1.1 billion deficit by half. Senate President Mike Miller says the committee will likely consider a broader range of spending cuts, compared to what the governor proposed…





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