MD House of Delegates approves $37 billion state budget

Maryland House of Delegates MD House of Delegates approves $37 billion state budgetThe Maryland House of Delegates on Friday approved Gov. Martin O’Malley’s state budget, which totals approximately $37 billion.

The House voted 101-36, mostly along party lines, in favor of the bill.

The measure will now head to the Maryland Senate.

Republicans criticized the budget plan, saying lawmakers have allowed spending to get out of hand thanks to tax increases in recent years and shifts of money away from dedicated funds.

Democrats, meanwhile, say the state of Maryland has been able to maintain key education funding to invest in the state’s future.

Unlike 2012’s proposal, the latest budget plan doesn’t contain any tax increases.

A separate measure, though, would increase taxes on gas to help fund transportation needs.

The 2013 Maryland budget has approximately $1.1 billion in total cash and reserves to prepare for federal spending cuts.

 MD House of Delegates approves $37 billion state budget
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