ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s $1.6 billion shortfall for the next fiscal year is presenting an increasingly difficult challenge for Gov. Martin O’Malley and lawmakers after four years of tough budget conditions.
The Maryland General Assembly’s 90-day session begins Wednesday.
O’Malley, who was re-elected in November, says the new budget is the most difficult he has ever put together. He says he’s balancing the budget entirely with cuts, and plans to submit his proposal to lawmakers later this month.
While the state has contended with bigger shortfalls under O’Malley, the state does not have federal stimulus money this time to help soften the blow. The state also has pushed its debt limit in recent years.