ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley says he has no plans to call a special session until legislative leaders have a plan to avoid more than $500 million in cuts that are scheduled to take effect on July 1.
The governor's press secretary tells The Baltimore Sun that there has to be some kind of consensus before O'Malley would consider bringing lawmakers back to Annapolis. Lawmakers this week failed to pass a budget package that included raising taxes on those making more than $100,000 a year.
Around 500 Marylanders joined hands around the State House building in Annapolis last night calling it a circle of support for the offshore wind energy legislation now pending in the General Assembly. They were equipped with eco-friendly glow-in-the-dark miniature wind turbines handmade banners and signs and wearing electric blue t-shirts.
The Salisbury Daily Times reports…that neither lawmakers nor activists could remember ever seeing the State House encircled like this.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is moving toward a vote on its version of the state budget.
Lawmakers are expected to vote Thursday on four measures that are being used in tandem to balance the state's books for the next fiscal year and cut the state's long-running structural deficit in half.
The Senate gave preliminary approval Wednesday night.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley wants to sell lawmakers on his plan to create a 6 percent sales tax on gasoline.
The governor is expected to testify on the bill Wednesday afternoon before the state Senate Budget and Taxation Committee as well as the House of Delegates Environmental Matters and Ways and Means Committees.
His plan would apply the sales to gasoline in 2 percent increments for three years, generating about $613 million annually. Maryland's 23.5-cents per gallon gas tax has not been raised since 1992.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley says increasing fees on water use and limiting where developers can put new septic systems are essential to preserving the health of the Chesapeake Bay.
The Democratic governor spoke to the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee Tuesday afternoon, advocating for change to the state's so-called "flush tax" that would charge residents and business based on how much water they use.
The tax, created by former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, supports
During his state of the state address, Governor Martin O'Malley asked for more revenue to shore up transportation and education in Maryland. However, Republicans responded by sharply criticizing the Governor's tax proposals as well as his executive order, PlanMaryland, that would coordinate state and local actions to control development.