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Panel to make decisions on Maryland budget

ANNAPOLIS — A Senate committee will begin making decisions about adjustments to Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposed budget legislation.

The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee will meet Thursday afternoon to consider recommendations by the panel’s subcommittees.

One subcommittee decided to shave off $4.4 million more from the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund. O’Malley already had diverted nearly half of the $48 million initially in the fund.

The committee also will be deciding on the governor’s proposal to raise taxes on cigars and smokeless tobacco.

The budget has been challenging this year, as lawmakers work to balance the state’s books for the next fiscal year and knock down an ongoing $1.1 billion deficit by half.

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