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Maryland lawmakers this year were able to eliminate nearly half of a $2 billion structural deficit, although many Republicans wanted a larger cut.

The study also points out that Maryland might not be in as bad of shape as many other states, considering it has the country’s sixth-largest rainy-day fund and was one of 27 states that did not have to institute midyear budget cuts in the past year.

Democrats have argued that a measured approach without drastic cuts has served the state well.

“I think we’ve done a good job,” Delegate Norman H. Conway, Wicomico Democrat and chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said during the legislative session.

“You can talk about taking all the deficit at one time, but when you get into it, nobody can do that. You need to work on it in a planned approach.”