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Brown Says a Special Session is Likely

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) told a gathering of real-estate brokers today that he believes a special session of the legislature is likely to be called to address a looming $1.5 billion deficit.

Brown's comments, confirmed by his spokeswoman, came in an address to a Maryland Realtor's Association symposium in Linthicum on the impact on the state of the military's base realignment process.

Rick Abbruzzese, a spokesman for Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), said the governor has made no decisions yet regarding a special session. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) has suggested holding one in the fall.

Maryland's state budget is balanced for the coming fiscal year, which starts in July. The projected deficit is in the following year's budget, which O'Malley and lawmakers would otherwise craft starting in January.

By John Wagner  |  May 3, 2007; 2:58 PM ET
Categories:  General Assembly , John Wagner  
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If there's one thing more crooked than the politicans in Maryland, it's the realtors. Enough said. Realtors in Southern Maryland are selling illegally- built houses and the Real Estate Commission won't do anything about it. Their response is "We didn't see it so we can't help the buyers."

Now, you're telling me that the budget is balanced as of July 1, but the new Democrats in office will have give us a shortfall of $1.5 BILLION within 6 months? Am I reading that correctly? Who voted these people into office anyway?

Posted by: Southern Maryland Republican | May 3, 2007 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I was feeling that taxes are way too low in Maryland. People are out buying things for their families and everything...

Posted by: gitarre | May 3, 2007 7:45 PM | Report abuse

If the Democrats are going to run statewide on a platform of increasing the sales tax paid every day, by voters, the natural thing to do is to run against them on a platform of decreasing the state sales tax.

Posted by: Robin Ficker | May 7, 2007 5:44 PM | Report abuse

To Southern Maryland Republican, from a SoMD Democrat:

Actually, the recently elected State House Rep.s/Senators increased the budget this year. The only reason this year's budget is "balanced" is because Governor Erhlich left them with a surplus. They took $800,000,000 out of the surplus to balance the budget.

Next year, they have no surplus. That plus the increases they installed this year will end up being a $1,500,000,000 deficit next year. That will compound every year they are in office. How can I say that? Have you EVER seen a Democratic majority REDUCE spending?

This was one time I saw the writing on the wall and voted Republican. Too bad the majority of voters couldn't "read". We all will pay for this.

Posted by: SoMD | May 8, 2007 1:14 PM | Report abuse

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