The state legislature will consider this spring a handful of bills related to the mortgage crisis, but unlike in previous years, many are focused on what happens after the foreclosure process is complete.
General Assembly leaders reached tentative agreement Monday night on a state budget for the coming year and an income tax increase to help pay for it. But the full Assembly had yet to vote on the tax measure as the session's midnight end approached.
Gov. Martin O'Malley signaled that tax increases could be in the cards during next year's legislative session, though he said any state action would depend on congressional budget decisions this winter.