Gov. Martin O’Malley doesn’t want legislators back in Annapolis until they’re ready to come to an agreement on revenue measures that could prevent most, or all, of the “doomsday” budget cuts enacted Monday.
The Associated Press reported that the timing of a special session depends on when legislators reach consensus.
O’Malley, visibly irritated in his last two Annapolis appearances, had not publicly broached the subject of a special session before Thursday, when he told the Fox5 Morning Show in Washington that he was waiting for legislators to tell him an agreement could be had.
With more than $500 million in spending cuts currently in place, much of it to education, none of the state’s Democratic leadership — including O’Malley — seems content to let those cuts stand.
House of Delegates Speaker Michael E. Busch, D-Anne Arundel, said Wednesday afternoon that a special session was coming. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., D-Calvert and Prince George’s, has predicted there would be a special session since adjourning the regular session, and insisted a revenue package would be passed and everything would be “fine,” even though the governor was upset about the legislature’s inaction.
“He’s not a happy camper right now,” Miller said. “He’ll get over it, we’ll move forward.”