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O'Malley Wants Consensus on Budget Before Calling Session

 

      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley says he has no plans to call a special session until legislative leaders have a plan to avoid more than $500 million in cuts that are scheduled to take effect on July 1.

     The governor's press secretary tells The Baltimore Sun that there has to be some kind of consensus before O'Malley would consider bringing lawmakers back to Annapolis. Lawmakers this week failed to pass a budget package that included raising taxes on those making more than $100,000 a year.

     Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller has said a special session is needed, but also says O'Malley needs to help lawmakers reach a consensus.

     Education funding would take the biggest hit in the so-called "doomsday" budget that became law after the revenue package failed.

 

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.