Panel recommends cutting Md. structural deficit in half

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Mr. O'Malley and leading committee members already appear to be on the same wavelength with regard to capital spending, considering Mr. O'Malley has said he will introduce a jobs package during next year’s session that leans heavily on job creation through new infrastructure projects.

He and lawmakers will have the tall task of balancing a budget amid potential federal cuts and declining transportation and property-tax revenues.

The declining revenues could force state officials to again limit aid to county and municipal governments, which would likely raise the ire of local officials.

After the governor submits his budget, the Assembly will debate, amend and likely approve the spending plan during its 90-day session.

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