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Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute
Established in 1998, the Institute provides independent, nonpartisan research and analysis of state budget and tax policy priorities. Its particular focus is how policy decisions affect low- and moderate-income families, vulnerable populations, and the important community programs that serve them.
Bills of interest
This week both Senate and House committees held public hearings on the Budget, Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2012 (BRFA). There is a very large gap between projected revenues and budget needs. As you are probably aware, the governor has proposed filling a large part of that gap by transferring the responsibility of a major portion of the pension costs from state to local government. While I remain convinced that we can fill this gap without affecting teacher pensions, I do not agree with an approach suggesting that if we do transfer this responsibility local government will be unable to meet basic needs of its residents. There is virtually no other state in our nation in as good financial shape as Maryland, and Howard County is close to the top, if not at the top, of the list of wealthy counties in our nation.
News articles related to major issues in this legislative session
Maryland lawmakers now turn focus on budget, cuts, taxes
Those of you who attended my legislative town meeting last week may recall my mentioning and introducing Glenore Shirley who had worked as the head librarian for the Maryland prison system, inspiring many inmates to develop a strong love of reading which had a very positive impact on their lives. This week I came upon the article below about Glenore. Funds for the state prison library were reduced, and she is no longer working there. Yet we have allowed numerous tax breaks for corporations to continue.
Environmental Matters Committee
Today in committee we held public hearings on seven bills relating to Marcellus Shale:
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