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O'Malley thanks voters, says no new taxes next year

John Wagner

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) said his reelection Tuesday was "a humbling honor" and reiterated that he has no plans to propose any tax increases in the budget he must submit to the legislature in January.

O'Malley appeared tired but upbeat as he addressed reporters outside the State House in Annapolis late Wednesday morning.

"Neither of us have any doubts about how difficult these days ahead will be," O'Malley said, as his running mate, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), stood by his side.

With the state facing another budget shortfall of more than $1 billion next year, O'Malley said Marylanders should anticipate "a constant diet of cuts."

"I'm preparing a budget without any new taxes that will be balanced with cuts and some transfers," O'Malley said.

During the campaign, former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) continually warned that the state would face a "massive" tax increase next year if O'Malley were reelected.

Asked what he made of his double-digit victory over Ehrlich, O'Malley said: "Anthony Brown and I are very fortunate and very blessed to serve such intelligent people."

O'Malley said he had not received a concession call from Ehrlich but that both President Obama and Vice President Biden had called to congratulate him.

O'Malley said he was proud of the campaign he had run.

"We never backed away from progressive values and the importance of progress in tough times," he said.

By John Wagner  | November 3, 2010; 1:09 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections, John Wagner  
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I'll believe it when I see it. How else will he overcome the projected $1.2 billion deficit? Maybe he'll cut spending, but I doubt it.

Posted by: sinesk1 | November 4, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

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