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House of Delegates panel to make budget decisions

ANNAPOLIS — The House Appropriations Committee is working on Maryland budget legislation.

To start a long day of budget labors on Friday, Delegate Norman Conway, D-Wicomico, announced that a proposal to split teacher pensions between the state and local governments won’t be part of the discussions until Monday.

The panel could work late into the evening on other parts of the budget package, which aims to balance the books for the next fiscal year and cut an ongoing $1.1 billion deficit in half.

The Senate passed the budget legislation on Thursday. It raises the state income tax for most taxpayers. The Senate also decided to phase in the pension split over four years.

Lawmakers will need to resolve differences between the House and Senate before the April 9 adjournment of the Legislature.