By Len Lazarick | Maryland Reporter
ANNAPOLIS — Pressure is mounting for a special session to raise the taxes that failed to pass as the Legislature adjourned April 9 and “fix” a “doomsday” budget with cuts designed to scare up votes for tax hikes.
Details have not been worked out, but legislators have been advised that Gov. Martin O’Malley likely will call a special session for the week of May 14.
Almost 60 groups have signed a letter to O’Malley, Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch, urging them to bring back legislators to Annapolis to resolve “Maryland’s ongoing budgetary crisis now.”
Many of the signers are directly affected by the budgets cuts, including the largest public employee unions and teachers unions, which are sponsoring the “doomsday clock,” ticking down next to the letter.
But they are also joined in signing the letter by dozens of social service organizations that serve the developmentally disabled, families in need, the mentally ill, child care, struggling schools and health care.