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David R Brinkley

Maryland cuts revenue projections $800 million

Maryland cuts revenue projections $800 million

State budget makers will head into deliberations on next year's spending plans with about $800 million less than they had previously expected, after revenue estimates were cut Wednesday.

The revised projections released by the state Board of Revenue Estimates put a damper on the prospects for more spending or significant tax relief as Republican Gov. Larry Hogan heads into his third General Assembly session in January.

The numbers set off a new round of partisan recriminations and finger-pointing, with the Hogan administration blaming Democrats, and Democrats accusing the administration of playing a blame game.

"Let's be clear: Maryland doesn't have a revenue...