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O’Malley invites presiding officers to talk taxes over eggs

Government House (Photo: Maryland State Archives)

Maybe a hot breakfast in the governor’s mansion will ease tensions enough for Gov. Martin O’Malley and the presiding officers of the General Assembly to approach consensus on state revenues.

After Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. sent O’Malley and House of Delegates Speaker Michael E. Busch a letter offering a compromise, O’Malley invited the two men to breakfast at his residence in Annapolis, WBAL reported.

A special legislative session is likely to be called to prevent some $500 million in spending cuts enacted by the legislature.

The three Democrats will meet together Tuesday morning for the first time since an awkward bill signing April 10. O’Malley had already met with each individually in the last week.

Miller, in his letter to O’Malley, said he would not connect gambling to any revenue agreement.

“I will state that I remain frustrated,” Miller wrote. Miller would like to see a voter referendum on placing a casino in Prince George’s County. He would prefer that casino to be built at National Harbor.

O’Malley seemed to hint last week that the gambling issue could be dropped, as he wrote on Twitter that funding the budget and expanding gambling could be disentangled.