All the Opinion That’s Fit to Print

Posted on October 28, 2007

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The Washington Post editorial page opined Sunday that the special session of the General Assembly is fraught with uncertainty and obstacles for Gov. Martin O’Malley.

The Baltimore Sun editorial page put a more positive spin on the special session, seeing opportunity to resolve the state’s structural deficit. The Sun expressed hope that the legislature will follow O’Malley’s lead in the next few weeks.

Both the Post and the Sun wished the governor had proposed to extend the five-cent sales tax more widely to consumer services before increasing the tax by a penny. Possibly some legislators may share that sentiment.

Former Gov. Bob Ehrlich used his Saturday-morning talk show with wife Kendel on WBAL radio to strongly criticize, even ridicule, O’Malley’s tax package.

My own guess is that Democrats in the General Assembly will reach consensus on a major tax package and pass it before the special session ends. That would be a significant achievement for O’Malley and for the legislators. Slots will be more contentious, so probably that issue will be held over for the annual session that starts in January, along with the governor’s proposal on health care for the uninsured. –Bernie

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