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Miller: ‘Nothing’s off the table’

State Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, said none of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposed tax increases is off the table but would not be addressed in the Senate until a budget bill is passed.

“Everything’s still on the table because we have no solution,” said Miller, D-Calvert and Prince George’s. “Nothing’s off the table.”

Senate and House members are not discussing the governor’s proposals, Miller said, because balancing the budget is taking precedence. He said he expected it to be a fight to get a majority of senators to agree to a budget bill, calling the upcoming debate “contentious.”

Miller said it would be difficult to garner support for what amounts to a tax hike on higher-income state homeowners in the form of reducing itemized deductions made available to Marylanders making more than $100,000 a year.

He also said the Senate Budget and Taxation committee had interest in working with local jurisdictions to phase in a proposed teacher pension cost shift over several years. If that were to happen, though, additional revenue would have to be found elsewhere.

“It’s going to be tough,” Miller said.