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Maryland lawmakers warned to 'get real' about budget problems

Maryland lawmakers warned to 'get real' about budget problems

Maryland's top legislative analyst warned state lawmakers Tuesday to "get real" about what's driving chronic budget gaps and suggested they consider trimming spending.

Warren G. Deschenaux, executive director of the Department of Legislative Services, told about three dozen state lawmakers that they are responsible — not a recession — for hundreds of millions of budget shortfalls in recent years.

"This time, I think, is different," Deschenaux said at a briefing in Annapolis. "This time, it's all on us."

State forecasters overestimated how much money the state would take in by about $785 million over the course of this year and...

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