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Committee vote on budget expected Thursday

The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee will vote Thursday afternoon on a budget bill to send to the chamber floor.

Senate subcommittees are slated to report to the committee at 1 p.m. Thursday, followed by a full committee vote that would send a budget proposal back to the State House.

Then, the real fun starts.

The debate should begin on the Senate floor at the start of next week. The state must close a projected $1.1 billion budget deficit.

On Tuesday, senators heard an analysis of a so-called “Doomsday Budget” proposal, which would close the gap using nearly $800 million in cuts and no new taxes or tax increases.

Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden, D-Baltimore City, vice chairman of the Budget and Taxation Committee, said the “Doomsday” plan could move to the Senate floor should some tax increases not be approved by the committee.