Tue May 15, 2012
Dooms Day Budget Could be Avoided With Maryland Senate Vote
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is poised to vote on a package of budget measures in a special session.
The Senate is set to take a vote needed to send the legislation to the House of Delegates on Tuesday.
The special session, which began Monday, has been called by Gov. Martin O'Malley to avert about $500 million in cuts triggered by a "doomsday budget" that was triggered when lawmakers failed to pass a package of legislation during the regular 90-day session last month.
The package includes tax increases on people who make more than $100,000 a year and a split of teacher pension costs during the regular 90-day session in April.
It also includes increases on taxes for tobacco products other than cigarettes.