The 90-day session of the Maryland General Assembly ended last night and legislators failed to pass a tax bill that would help balance the $36 billion budget. This means that as of July 1st, the “doomsday” budget, which is balanced by more than $500 million in cuts, will go into effect unless something is done. This would not include a shift in pension costs from the state to the local governments, but would cut $512 million for education, libraries, public safety and other programs (approximately a 10% cut to public library funding).
Governor O’Malley could call a special session to work on a plan to increase taxes and limit or eliminate the budget cuts. The Governor has not yet said what he will do.
For more details about the outcome of the legislative session, see these articles:
- Assembly fails to pass tax bill, adopts ‘Doomsday’ budget (Baltimore Sun)
- General Assembly adjourns without completing work (Gazette)
- What now? Legislative leaders decry budget cuts, say special session is needed (Baltimore Sun)
- Editorial: Debacle in Annapolis (Baltimore Sun)