GENERAL ASSEMBLY GETS UNDERWAY

The 90-day session of the General Assembly got underway yesterday. The state has an unprecedented budget surplus, and legislators are also preparing to debate high-profile issues such as the legalization of recreational marijuana and climate change. Lawmakers will also decide how to manage the multi-billion dollar budget surplus, a result of federal pandemic aid. For his part, Governor Larry Hogan is proposing what he called the largest tax-relief package in Maryland history. His plan also calls for the elimination of state taxes on retirees, and tax relief for working families, by making permanent the enhanced earned-income tax credit that was approved last year in Maryland.