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Topic - Michael Busch
Maryland's revenue projections are better than they've been in years. The state is on the verge of wiping out what was once a $2 billion budget deficit through cuts and tax increases, and it's on track to reap financial benefits in future years from full-fledged casino gambling.
A Maryland lawmaker removed from office for misconduct will fight to be reinstated, arguing that because her punishment was modified to probation, she is eligible to serve, her attorneys said Tuesday.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley on Friday announced an Aug. 9 special session to discuss a proposed casino at National Harbor and allowing table games across the state.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will call a special session of the General Assembly between Aug. 9 and Aug. 16 to discuss a sixth casino and allowing table games in the state.
Maryland congressional redistricting plans separate from Gov. Martin O'Malley's map will be considered on their own at a hearing in next week's special session — not only as amendments to the governor's proposal, aides to the presiding officers of the General Assembly said Friday.
Maryland House of Delegates leaders are opening the gay marriage debate with a warning: any changes could kill the measure this year.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller says a proposal to raise about $200 million by raising taxes on alcohol in Maryland is "insanity personified."
In November, Maryland voters will decide on Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to legalize slot machines in the state. The current debate on the issue is completely different from the one that took place under Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich, who lost his bid for re-election in 2006. Mr. Ehrlich regarded slots as a means to save the state's horse-racing industry, and he preferred raising revenue from legalized gambling to increasing taxes. But Mr. O'Malley, Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch have different agendas in mind with the slots referendum, which include massively increasing the size of government, and possibly the creation of some form of a state-run health care system in Maryland.
Leaving an unpleasant legacy
"I'm not going to venture down there," Mr. Busch said. "I just think that there's tremendous amount of evidence that you need some kind of funding source for transportation and that you've got a backlog and you run out, basically, of money a few years down the road."
"If things work out and there's a resolution and it stabilizes the economy and the general public, then I think Maryland's budget is in pretty good shape, and we can take a look at different options to possibly enhance transportation," House Speaker Michael Busch, Anne Arundel Democrat, said last week.