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September 21, 2011

Special session could include jobs bill

Gov. Martin O'Malley said he is considering asking the General Assembly to pass a legislative package aimed at stimulating hiring during the October special session.

"We may well take up a couple of jobs items," O'Malley said to reporters after the Board of Public Works meeting this afternoon. "There may be a few things we do on the jobs front. We're still working on it."

The governor's statement was the first public indication that the Oct. 17 special session would take up any issues beyond congressional redistricting.

O'Malley declined to provide specifics about potential jobs legislation, saying the ideas are still being developed. In the past he pushed tax credits for companies hiring off the unemployment rolls.

O'Malley said that he "doubts" the General Assembly will take up any of the tax increases that have been discussed in a series of hearing over the summer.

Though the state's tax receipts have inched up, Maryland still faces a $1 billion on-going gap between revenues and expenses. Separately, the state lacks funds for needed transportation projects and some are considering increasing the gas tax to pay for repairs.
Posted by Annie Linskey at 12:12 PM | | Comments (10)
Categories: Administration


This guy has his head so far up Obama's "you-know-what", if Obama stopped suddenly O'Malley would shoot out of his mouth.

"Lets get more people hired so we can then get more cash form them in all the new taxes coming up next session"

Martin O'Smelly

Try spending less money and lowering taxes Gov.
Anything else is pointless.
The cost of living and doing business in Maryland is what drives out employers Marty.
Wake up Gov.

Monkey see, monkey do!

How about giving the teachers back the 7% of their salary that is being raided from the pension fund and put in the general coffers?

Really, O'bama is going back to Chicago, he has no chance of a second term. He has damaged our great County by his stupidity, arrogance and incompetence.

We should pray and hope that our country is not totally bankrupt before Obama and O'Malley leave office.

O'Malley is simply waiting for BABS to retire and return to private life. Good ridence. They must be having a contest to see who can screw our State and County more.

How about a $500 tax refund for Baltimore city residents only?

Our State leaders need to wake up. During the Bush years Verizon moved Md jobs to Texas. Now Verizon is selling off Md bldgs, this can be easily verified, and they are moving jobs to Virginia. Virginia is a right to work state! Dear Governor, Please ask Verizon why they didn't open a FIOS work center in Maryland, and turn the job exodus around. Help Maryland workers NOW before it is too late!

Try cutting taxes rather than raising them, O'Malley.

Raise taxes-lower taxes, it doesn't matter if they continue to mismanage OUR money.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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