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A busy day in Annapolis

It’s shaping up to be a busy day around State Circle.

For starters, the Senate is slated to begin debate today on the budget proposal that came out of the chamber’s Budget and Taxation Committee last week, and separate measures that would raise income tax one-quarter of a percent and shift the cost of teacher retirement pensions to local jurisdictions are sure to be the cause of disagreement.

Then, Gov. Martin O’Malley is scheduled to testify on his proposal to apply the state’s 6 percent sales tax to gasoline purchases. The governor will testify in a joint hearing with the House Environmental Matters and Ways and Means committee. He’ll also testify in the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.

Then, it seems likely the Senate will reconvene Wednesday afternoon to continue its debate on the budget, which must be approved in the Senate and sent to the House of Delegates for final approval before the General Assembly’s self-imposed April 2 deadline to pass a budget.

So, other than that, there’s not much happening in Annapolis today.