It contains tax increases for those making more than $100,000 annually.
The Maryland House of Delegates is expected to vote on Wednesday on a budget package which will increase taxes on those making more than $100,000 annually. It would also boost levies on tobacco products other than cigarettes, and shift teacher pension costs to the counties over a four-year period.
The budget package was passed by the State Senate on Tuesday. Lawmakers are in Annapolis for a Special Session to deal with budget issues.
"What we're looking at is about $270-million in tax increases, and then about $140-million in the shift in the cost of teacher pensions to the counties," says Frederick County Delegate Patrick Hogan (R), about the measure passed by the State Senate.
A vote on this package by the House of Delegates could take place on Wednesday. Hogan says he will not support it. "As long as it stays the way it looks like it is now, I will not voting for these tax increases. I'm also opposed to shifting teacher pension costs to the counties," he says. Regarding the shift, Hogan says it could be a burden on local governments which may have to increase their taxes to pay for it.
He says this budget also increases spending. "It's been a ridiculous way to get here, but when it's all said and done, we'll have $940-million more in spending then we have in 2012," he says.
The Special Session was called by the Governor to avert about $500-million in spending cuts that would have triggered by the General Assembly's failure to pass a budget package during its 90-day session which adjourned last month. That budget, called the "Doomsday Budget," has been described by some Republican legislators as a "living within your means" budget.
Legislators could be back in Annapolis in August to deal with gambling issues.