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C. Fraser Smith: The politics of the ‘Doomsday budget’

They called it the Doomsday budget. It got plenty of advance notice. It would be a spending plan for the next fiscal year balanced by cuts alone. With no new tax revenue, in other words. No one wants more or ...

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Panel to make decisions on Maryland budget

ANNAPOLIS — A Senate committee will begin making decisions about adjustments to Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposed budget legislation. The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee will meet Thursday afternoon to consider recommendations by the panel’s subcommittees. One subcommittee decided to shave ...

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Death penalty opponents argue for repeal

ANNAPOLIS — The recent life sentences for three “death eligible” defendants convicted of gruesome murders indicate that Marylanders no longer desire to keep the death penalty, veteran Public Defender Katy C. O’Donnell said Wednesday in support of legislation to repeal ...

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Small retailers don’t want tobacco tax hike

ANNAPOLIS – Raising tobacco taxes in Maryland may only force smokers across state lines, where neighboring states and Washington, D.C., impose lower levies, a lobbyist for small retailers told a Senate panel Wednesday. Senate Bill 526 would raise taxes on ...

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State Senate votes to hike judges’ salaries by 3 percent

ANNAPOLIS — The Senate rejected a floor amendment to freeze judges’ salaries at current levels Monday night as it cleared the way for final passage of a 3 percent pay raise over three years — an increase of up to ...

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Senate panel to receive analysis of ‘doomsday’ budget

It is unlikely the General Assembly would seriously consider a so-called doomsday budget proposal consisting of no new revenue streams and more than $1 billion in cuts, a public policy expert said Monday. “It’s not like this is the first ...

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Miller: ‘Nothing’s off the table’

State Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, said none of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposed tax increases is off the table but would not be addressed in the Senate until a budget bill is passed. “Everything’s still on the table because ...

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