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Heated Testimony on Taxes

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to close an expected budget shortfall evoked passionate responses from constituencies from across the state yesterday, underscoring the challenge lawmakers face in reaching consensus as they move into the fifth day of a special session.

Legislators heard a stream of testimony from lobbyists, local officials and citizens on increasing the sales tax and overhauling the personal income tax structure, two of the more controversial measures introduced by O'Malley (D) to eliminate a projected deficit of at least $1.5 billion.

Hearings also were held on legislation to reduce the property tax and double the tobacco tax, as well as the governor's initiative to extend health care insurance to 100,000 uninsured adults.

In a hearing on O'Malley's income tax proposal -- which would raise taxes on the state's wealthiest residents while providing a modest break for others -- Montgomery County figured prominently. The governor's plan would affect the state's largest and most affluent county more than any other jurisdiction.

For the full story by Philip Rucker and Ovetta Wiggins, click here.

By Anne Bartlett  |  November 2, 2007; 9:35 AM ET
Categories:  General Assembly  
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The only people Martin O'Malley cares about are his special interest friends. He doesn't give a darn about the working families of Maryland. If he did, he wouldn't be pushing the hugest tax increase in our history and ignoring the people who will lose homes, freeze to death, and starve because of his terrible policies. Martin O'Malley must go!

Posted by: Voter | November 3, 2007 3:20 PM | Report abuse

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