Special session could include jobs bill
"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.
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.