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Maryland Senate President Being Blamed For Failure To Reach Budget Compromise

April 12th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

With the Maryland General Assembly failing to reach a budget compromise by Monday’s end of session- it appears likely that a special session will be needed to work toward a compromise revenue plan. While there is plenty of blame to go around in Annapolis – most have targeted Senate President Mike Miller as the chief culprit. Governor Martin O’Malley, Comptroller Peter Franchot and House Speaker Michael Busch all pointed fingers of blame at the veteran senate leader- just hours after a deal to avoid more than $500 million in cuts collapsed. Busch and other House leaders criticized Miller for holding up budget talks until the House voted on an expanded gambling bill.  That bill cleared a House committee, but never made it to the House floor. Franchot went so far as to call for Miller to step down from his leadership post. Miller said he has no plans to “step aside”- and that having high profile critics is something he has gotten used to during his many years in Annapolis…

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