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While Republicans have often accused the Assembly of overspending, Democrats have accused Republicans of not providing specific cuts or realistic alternatives.
“What services are you prepared to give up?” said Delegate Samuel I. Rosenberg, Baltimore Democrat. “Should the government cut funding for schools, which means less updating of equipment?”
House Ways and Means Committee Chair Sheila E. Hixson, Montgomery Democrat, said tax increases are needed this year to pay for education, transportation and programs that improve the state’s quality of life.
She argued that sharp cuts to those programs would upset and inconvenience residents far more than tax increases.
“If we cut $1 billion worth of programs, the public would be less than impressed,” said Ms. Hixson, whose committee is in charge of vetting tax proposals before they reach the House floor. “Obviously, we have to go to other sources to find out what we can do.”
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