By Rand Paul
Obama acts as though we no longer have a Constitution
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said Thursday he wants to call a special session for lawmakers to raise taxes and reverse $500 million in planned budget cuts but is waiting on House and Senate leaders to meet beforehand and work out a unified plan.
Gov. Martin O'Malley is forging ahead with his green-energy initiative while trying to end tax incentives for the state's coal industry, but he is facing stiff opposition from lawmakers who say eliminating the credits could drive up energy prices and cost some Marylanders their jobs.
The Maryland General Assembly will reconvene Monday to approve a new congressional map during its special session, but lawmakers are unlikely to take on other legislation despite earlier hints that economic reforms and tax increases would be considered.
ANNAPOLIS (AP) — The House of Delegates yesterday gave an initial approval to a budget with more than $400 million in cuts and spending transfers, hoping to create an adequate balance to weather any more fiscal downturns.
ANNAPOLIS — State leaders fixed most but not all of Maryland's budget problems during a special General Assembly session in November, budget analysts told lawmakers yesterday.
"We were at a point where conference committees had met and made decisions," said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Norman H. Conway, Wicomico Democrat. "I would think that would give us a reasonable starting point, and we shouldn't be far off."
"We have kind of felt that we had agreement and that maybe we ought to stick with that," said Delegate Norman H. Conway, Wicomico Democrat. "I don't know what the feelings are at this point, but I'm not sure that there's been a lot of change."