Michael E. Busch

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  • Cut the deficit by $200M, Maryland panel advises governor

    ANNAPOLIS -- A panel of Maryland lawmakers Thursday recommended that Gov. Martin O'Malley cut the state's projected budget deficit of $382 million by more than half in the next fiscal year.


  • Md. House speaker mentions Internet gambling consideration

    As the battle for gamblers' dollars intensifies in the mid-Atlantic region, the possibility of developing Internet games in Maryland will be considered when lawmakers gather for a special session next week to expand gambling, the House speaker wrote in a memo.


  • Maryland special session will address gambling questions

    Maryland legislators will be cutting their summer vacations short after Gov. Martin O'Malley announced a special session for Aug. 9 to address gambling questions left unanswered in the spring.


  • House Speaker Michael E. Busch said Thursday that House members plan to discuss a compromise, but he thinks they have made enough concessions and will likely stand firm on the tax issue. 'Does that mean the dialogue ends? No," said Mr. Busch. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

    O'Malley hits House leaders on gambling setback

    Gov. Martin O'Malley blasted House leaders Thursday for balking at a proposal to expand gambling, as lawmakers said they will keep working toward a possible compromise and special session this summer.


  • Maryland Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller (Associated Press)

    Md. pit bull task force formed

    Leading Maryland lawmakers have formed a task force to study the effect of a recent court ruling that classifies pit bulls as an "inherently dangerous" breed of dog.


  • Maryland leaders (from left) Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Gov. Martin O'Malley and Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch attend Wednesday's bill signing-ceremony at the State House in Annapolis. The governor and legislative leaders have tentatively agreed to call lawmakers back May 14 to vote on the revenue package that didn't beat the General Assembly's adjournment deadline last month. (Associated Press)

    Progress made on Maryland revenue package

    The General Assembly likely will return May 14 for a two- or three-day special session on a revenue package including income-tax increases and a shift of state-paid teacher-pension costs onto counties, state officials said Wednesday.


  • Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks at the Special Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety panel during the National Governors Association winter meeting in Washington, on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

    O'Malley pushes two sessions on Maryland revenue, gambling issues

    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley emerged Tuesday from a much-anticipated meeting with the state's two leading lawmakers and revealed that he is not only leaning toward calling a special session, but he might even call two of them.


  • Maryland Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller (Associated Press)

    Miller pushes for a broader tax increase in Maryland budget talks

    Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. is pushing for broader income-tax increases and a last-ditch attempt at expanding gambling as Maryland lawmakers look toward a possible special session, but the House appears reluctant to embrace either proposal.


  • Sen. Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., president of the Senate, Gov. Martin O'Malley and Delegate Michael E. Busch, speaker of the House. (The Washington Times)

    Top Md. Democrats divided over gambling

    Gov. Martin O'Malley and Democratic leaders in Maryland's General Assembly appear to disagree over whether a special session should include discussion of a failed gambling bill, which would have let voters decide this fall whether to bring a casino to Prince George's County and legalize table games at the state's slots locations.


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