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Franchot Hoping To See Several Items Off The Table At Special Session

May 3rd, 2012 by WCBC Radio

When Maryland lawmakers convene for a special session to address the budget, Comptroller Peter Franchot hopes to see expanded gambling as well as a gas tax hike off of the table. Lawmakers ended their regular session without approving a tax and revenue bill meaning that $512-million in spending cuts would take effect July 1. Governor Martin O'Malley and other Democrats refer to this budget as a "doomsday budget" noting that it will lead to cuts in funding for public schools and higher education, and will lead to the layoff of 500 state workers.  Franchot, a staunch opponent of gaming as a revenue source, said that more gambling and higher gas taxes will cripple the economy- not help it…





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