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Hogan unhappy on progress with budget, tax proposal

The Baltimore Sun
Gov. Larry Hogan expresses concern about progress of his budget and legislative agenda in General Assembly.

As the Maryland General Assembly moved into the last week of its 90-day session, Gov. Larry Hogan expressed concern Monday about the progress of his budget and legislative agenda.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Hogan complained that some in the Democratic-dominated legislature  "haven't quite gotten" that he was elected because voters wanted fiscal responsibility and tax relief.

Lawmakers have one more week to finalize action on next year's budget before their scheduled adjournment. The House and Senate have both passed versions of a budget plan -- each making cut's to Hagan's budget and suggesting restoration of spending on health, education and employee pay raises -- but have yet to agree on a single plan. A scheduled conference committee meeting Monday was postponed.

Hogan issued a usually pro forma executive order Monday that would extend the session by up to 10 days if the two chambers can't agree on a balanced budget. Governors are required to issue such a proclamation a week before the end of session if the budget isn't complete. The budget is seldom wrapped up with a week to spare.

A Senate committee has turned down or watered down several of Hogan's proposals for tax relief.

The governor singled out one change made by lawmakers for pointed criticism.

He said the Senate put a burden on companies when it changed his minor tax break for small businesses into an audit for thousands of larger ones.  Hogan called that plan “a nonstarter.”



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