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Tax Package Gets House Approval Ending Annpolis Special Session


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has approved a budget package in a special session.

The House voted 77-60 on Wednesday to raise income taxes on single filers who make more than $100,000 and joint filers who make $150,000 in taxable income a year.

The House voted 86-51 for a separate bill to split teacher pension costs over four years and raise taxes on tobacco other than cigarettes.

The House votes ends a special session that began on Monday.

Gov. Martin O'Malley called the special session to avoid about $500 million in budget cuts that were triggered by the General Assembly's failure to pass the budget package during the 90-day regular session last month.

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.