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Congress Andy Harris defended the proposed tax cut package now on Capitol Hill saying that it would ensure a vast majority of the middle class would get tax relief.

In addition, the Salisbury Daily Times reports Harris said he favored eliminating all deductions and moving to a flat tax.

The Eastern Shore Republican also defended the proposed cuts in the corporate tax rate saying that domestic corporations that compete in the international market are now at a disadvantage.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - As the Virginia attorney general's race heats up, Republican challenger John Adams and Democratic incumbent Mark Herring are releasing new television ads.

An ad by Adams to begin airing this weekend criticizes Herring for using money from a 2014 Medicaid fraud settlement to pay raises for lawyers in his office. Adams called those "backdoor pay raises."

It's the latest in a series of attack ads that both Adams and Herring have used in the race.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's governor says a revived Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act won't work for Maryland.

Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, said Tuesday the Graham-Cassidy health care bill would "cost our state over $2 billion annually while directly jeopardizing the health care of our citizens."

The effort to repeal the health care law in Washington has taken on new life after it seemed all but dead earlier this summer.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's administration will bring tens of millions of dollars in mid-year budget cuts to a state board next week.

David Brinkley, Hogan's budget chief, said Thursday the actions are being taken to start addressing an estimated $742 million shortfall in the next fiscal year.

A total of $86.2 million in total savings will be brought to the Board of Public Works. Of the total savings, $67.2 million will be budget reductions.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - More than 200,000 Virginians will be impacted by a new Medicaid program that starts Aug 1.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the program will move many people with complex medical issues from a "fee for service" system to a managed care format.

Affected enrollees will include so-called "dual eligibles." They are people who receive both Medicare, which is federal insurance, and Medicaid, the state-and-federally funded insurance.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says health care bills in Congress "do not work for Maryland."

Amelia Chasse, the Republican governor's spokeswoman, wrote in an email Thursday that the current health care system "needs to be fixed." But she says Congress "should go back to the drawing board in an open, transparent and bipartisan fashion to craft a bill that works for all Americans."

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Democratic hopefuls for governor of Virginia clashed over proposed gas pipelines and each other's past positions on gun rights and abortion in their penultimate debate in Norfolk.

The event Tuesday was mostly a study in nuance.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's attorney general is calling on federal officials to let the states use federal funds to target more cases of abuse and neglect committed against Medicaid beneficiaries.

Attorney General Mark Herring was among more than three dozen attorneys general who requested the policy change in a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The number of Virginians applying to enroll in Medicaid was about double during the last three months of 2016 than what state officials expected.

The state's Medicaid office said in a recent report filed to lawmakers that its processing unit had expected about 21,000 applications but instead received more than 41,000 for the publicly finance health care program for the poor. The increase was largely driven by a federal open enrollment period for health insurance.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - House lawmakers are poised to vote on legislation aimed at ensuring that people struggling with drug addiction get the help they need.

Supporters of the bill say denial of insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment is a major source of failed treatment efforts by people seeking help, and also a cause of the shortage of adequate treatment facilities in Delaware.

The legislation to be voted upon Tuesday is aimed at ensuring that people with private and public insurance coverage get treatment.

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