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Lawmakers meet to hash out budget differences

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland lawmakers and legislative staff are hoping to iron out differences in budgets passed by the state Senate and House of Delegates by midweek.

A committee of legislators began meeting Monday morning and resolved some preliminary differences in their versions of the state budget package.

Lawmakers held off dealing with a shift in who pays for teacher pensions and how much counties are required to spend on education.

The group is expected to reconvene Monday afternoon to address more differences and their plans to increase the state income tax.

Representatives from the state’s Department of Legislative Services say they would like to wrap up the budget discussions by Wednesday. But Sen. Edward Kasemeyer, who chairs the Budget and Taxation Committee, says that deadline will be hard to meet.