Skip to comments.Maryland House, Senate adjourn without revenue plan
Posted on 04/10/2012 9:02:06 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
ANNAPOLIS The General Assembly adjourned Monday night after a chaotic closing session in which members failed to pass a set of proposed tax increases or a bill to expand gambling in the state.
Lawmakers passed a balanced budget and hoped to pass accompanying bills raising income taxes and shifting teacher-pension costs onto counties, but they ran out of time before the assemblys required midnight adjournment.
The House attempted to extend the session by passing a resolution shortly before midnight, but the Senate did not address the measure in time.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. said he was content to adjourn and said the governor should call a special session in the near future during which lawmakers could consider and potentially pass much of the pending legislation.
The public expects us to get our work done in 90 days and we did the best we could, said Mr. Miller, Prince Georges Democrat.
Failure of the tax and pension bills triggers $512 million in automatic budget cuts, which include cuts to education and local aid. Many of the cuts could be replaced with revenues if Gov. Martin O'Malley calls a special session.
Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, addressed reporters during an appearance after midnight and declined to say whether he will call a special session. He was harshly critical of lawmakers for allowing the cuts to take effect.
We failed to protect the priorities that allow our state to move forward, he said. That is not in keeping with what the people of our state expect from our legislature.
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Maryland “Freak State” PING!
Cut spending, then cut spending, then cut spending. No more taxes!
Looks like MoM will call a Special ‘Tax’ Session again.
--H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920
Translation: “We pass any of this, even our Soviet Socialist Republic will vote us to the underpass where we deserve to live”
90 days was just not enough time for these clowns to raise another half billion in taxes ... but like the plague...they’ll be back
(visions of the taxpayers being beat down like that white tourist in Baltimore)
‘s ok. Our local media here is flogging Lil’Marty so he’ll hold a secret session.
They figured out how they want to spend, just haven’t figured out where the money will come from; guess they’re working on the spin as to how we will love it.