January 17th, 2012 by WCBC Radio
Members of the Maryland General Assembly returned to Annapolis last night to start the second week of the 2012 session- with the highlight expected Wednesday morning when Governor Martin O'Malley unveils his Fiscal Year 2013 budget. The governor and lawmakers are seeking to close a $1-billion dollar deficit. While O’Malley has said that he would like lawmakers to approve an increase in the gasoline tax to pay for road and bridge projects- he raised some eyebrows last week when he suggested he would prefer a sales tax increase as an alternative. Senate President Mike Miller told a conference of business leaders last week that a sales tax increase was "not happening" this year. At a news conference the governor said that various tax proposals and spending cuts will be "on the table" as lawmakers consider a new budget.