- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 13, 2010

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s 90-day legislative session began Wednesday morning.

This year, budget problems and job creation will be the main areas of legislative work, as lawmakers gather for their first day.

Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, said his main focus this session is going to be increasing job opportunities to help the state recover from the recession.

In another push to help state residents hit by the recession, Mr. O’Malley said he will be backing legislation to help people facing foreclosure on their homes by creating mandatory mediation between borrowers and lenders.

Maryland is facing a deficit of roughly $2 billion.

Mr. O’Malley will submit his budget proposal to the legislature next week. Maryland is facing a deficit of roughly $2 billion.

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