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General Assembly leaders predict 'tough' budget cuts

General Assembly leaders predict 'tough' budget cuts

Top state lawmakers predicted tough budget cuts Friday and said the Trump administration creates uncertainty about Maryland's economic future.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch promised that an expected budget gap of roughly $400 million would not be closed through new taxes or fees. But the Democrats warned local officials to prepare for unpopular spending cuts.

"We're going to have to cut some programs," Miller said, speaking at the Maryland Association of Counties conference here.

Both Miller and Busch said they fear more financial trouble if Republican President-elect Donald J. Trump follows through on campaign...