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Legislative leaders meet with O’Malley on budget

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s legislative leadership is scheduled to meet with Gov. Martin O’Malley to talk about his budget proposal.

House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller are going to meet with O’Malley at noon on Friday, along with lawmakers on fiscal committees.

O’Malley is then scheduled to talk about the budget during a news conference about 1:30 p.m.

O’Malley’s chief of staff says the pain of a $1.6 billion budget shortfall will be felt throughout Maryland state government, as some state facilities will be closed, certain state functions will be eliminated and state agencies will feel the squeeze of consolidation.