A November Special Session

It seems that a deal has been struck for a November special session to impose the first of many rounds of O’Malley tax increases.

At events in Bel Air yesterday, O’Malley hinted at an early November special session of the General Assembly to resolve the deficit and said he will soon begin a public dialogue about his plans.


When someone mentioned that Del. Susan K. McComas, a Harford County Republican, had arrived, O’Malley acknowledged her and said, “Keep the early part of November clear for me.”

And make no mistake about it, the special session will be about increasing taxes, and only increasing taxes, because the session will not be addressing the new, and as yet ephemeral, state budget.

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If you think the taxes raised will merely cover the gap in the budget, think again. We’ve written about the governor’s plans to expand medicaid and EITC eligibility. The Sun makes it clear that we are about to get soaked.

The budget will be done in transparent efforts as we talk about unpopular revenue options,” O’Malley said during a Cabinet meeting in Bel Air.


O’Malley said yesterday that he thinks additional investments are necessary for the state to maintain its quality of life. He said Maryland’s spending on government programs as a percentage of its wealth is the lowest in the country.

“It is our responsibility to advance the common good. Our advance is coming up on an obstacle left in our path,” he said of the looming deficit. “Our shared future will be about choices we need to make in the present.”

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