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The Maryland House of Delegates approved (101-36) Governor Martin O’Malley’s $37 billion budget in largely party line vote. Four Republicans joined the Democratic majority. Earlier in the week, the House Appropriations Committee reduced O’Malley’s original general fund spending proposal by $72 million, the bulk of which comes from over-budgeting for Medicaid. The overall budget increases by $1.2 billion and continues fiscal gimmicks that have characterized Maryland’s budgetary process over the last decade, fund raids, transfers and financing of core government functions through bond debt.
Tags: budget, Martin O'Malley, Maryland General Assembly, spending
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