Special Session Round-Up for Wednesday
Here is a selection of news and links from around the web that supplement The Post's coverage of the Maryland special session as of Wednesday, Oct. 31.
The likelihood of productive consensus at the special session is low, says Republican Del. Susan Aumann, who calls it a "sham," according to the Catonsville Times... From The Baltimore Sun, Mayor Sheila Dixon will push to turn an 11-acre warehouse district into a new slot facility to keep gambling out of residential neighborhoods... "Republicans may have staged a rally opposing new taxes, but they're unlikely to prevail unless they change their message," writes Herald-Mail columnist Bob Maginnis... Penn National Gaming, which owns Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George's, is pleased with the results of a county opinion poll about video lottery terminals, according to a press release... Democratic Del. John Olszewski would rather the deficit be addressed during the regular session than this one, says a report in the Dundalk Eagle... An Annapolis Capital report discusses a survey of Anne Arundel County residents that came out against tax increases but for slot machines... An editorial in the University of Maryland's Diamondback says "Students have been right to support levying a higher tax on state businesses in order to move higher education spending from discretionary to mandatory"... On a related note, the Sun's Classroom Connections blog has words from the Baltimore schools CEO, who says O'Malley's budget proposal "is not based on any measure of what an adequate education demands. The constitution of the state demands more." But O'Malley's budget secretary says education cutbacks are inevitable, reports the web site of ABC-7... Finally, the Maryland Association of Realtors opposes the tax expansion plan, according to The Examiner, and plans a Thursday rally...
And here are some of the latest highlights from The Post's coverage.
A divide has emerged over just how large the potential state budget shortfall is, writes John Wagner in Maryland Moment... Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) tells reporters that "everything under the sun is being linked to slots"... O'Malley is trying to illustrate the impact of shutting down slots with grim projections, writes Wagner in The Post... Finally, from a report by Ovetta Wiggins and Philip Rucker, lawmakers have come to Annapolis with more than 50 bills of their own, not all of them focused on the issues O'Malley hopes to focus on during the special session.
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-- Compiled by Jamisha Purdy and David P. Marino-Nachison
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