Summer session


Yesterday's special session of the General Assembly brought no surprises, as legislators shifted dollars from emergency funds and cut spending in order to balance the state budget by June 30. Measures raising Motor Vehicle Administration fees brought some dissent but passed by comfortable margins.

Overshadowing the day, however, was the ghost of challenges unmet during the regular session. With boom times of surplus revenues only a tantalizing memory, legislators can no longer afford to ignore the inequities and inefficiencies built into the Maryland tax code. Ducking the issue, the 1991 legislature consigned the Linowes commission's tax restructuring proposals to summer study. Given the grim deficit projections for 1992 and 1993 that greeted them yesterday, it looks like a long, hot summer ahead.

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