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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Spending Affordability Committee
Maryland fiscal analysts are predicting increased revenues and new state jobs next year, even as they face the specter of federal cuts that could tighten state finances and put thousands of residents out of work.
Fresh from a year in which they raised taxes by $260 million, Maryland lawmakers said Wednesday that they don't expect to approve any new tax increases when the General Assembly reconvenes next year.
An influential committee of state lawmakers was scheduled to meet Thursday night to finalize a series of recommendations for next year's spending plan.
The House of Delegates on Wednesday will be the first chamber to begin full debate on the state's fiscal 2012 budget, which includes several fee increases to close an estimated $2 billion budget shortfall.