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News articles related to major issues in this legislative session
I reported last week on the budget proposal from the Senate which involves some major changes from the governor's proposal, including the deletion of the increase in the gas tax. Now we know that the Senate also included in its budget a shift of a portion of teachers’ pensions to the counties as well as what is called “the millionaire’s tax.”
The Appropriations Committee of the House has not yet finalized its proposed budget. They will complete their work this weekend, and the full House will begin deliberating the budget next week.
The following two articles cover one more strong push by the governor for the gas tax increase. As you can see, The Baltimore Sun editorialized today in favor of his proposal. I realize that the Sun is correct about the need for funds for transportation projects, and I respect the governor's perseverance and courage in pressing on. Yet I remain concerned about the regressive nature of this tax increase. Some Maryland residents who are barely holding on by their fingertips in this economy may lose their grip if this gas tax increase is approved.
O'Malley to appeal for gas tax - Governor testifies today as proponents' hopes fadewww.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-omalley-gas-tax-20120313,0,7748210.story
Gas tax: Pay now or later
Maryland faces millions in costs after paying more for slot devices than expected
Environmental Matters Committee
Warming: Storm damage ahead
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