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General Assembly Leaders Predict ‘Tough’ Budget Cuts

December 10th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Top state lawmakers predicted tough budget cuts Friday and said the Trump administration creates uncertainty about Maryland's economic future.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch promised that the budget gap approximate $400 million would not be closed using new taxes or fees. But the Democrats warned local officials to prepare for unpopular spending cuts.

"We're going to have to cut some programs," Miller said, speaking at the Maryland Association of Counties conference at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel.

Both Miller and Busch said they fear more financial trouble if Republican President-elect Donald J. Trump follows through on campaign promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act and "drain the swamp" by reducing the federal workforce, which employs thousands of Maryland residents.

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