Gov. Martin O'Malleysaid the changes that he's proposing to the state's income tax will mean that 20 percent of taxpayers will pay more.
"I don’t like doing this," O'Malley said. "I don’t like asking for this. This is by no means a lack of respect for those we are asking more of. This is the fairest way to go about this."
He estimates that a family making $150,000 would pay an additional $191 a year because of changes in the rolling back exemptions and deductions allowed on the state income tax.
The governor briefed reporters on his budget plan in Annapolis Wednesday morning, offering new details including plans to shutter assisted living facilities at Spring Grove and Spring Field Hospital Centers.
O'Malley's budget will eliminate 149 jobs, mostly related to those centers closing.
The governor said that he cuts about $800 million in the FY2013 budget, including moving half the costs of teacher pension costs to the locals.