Maryland House Gives Initial OK Double “Flush Tax”

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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — The Maryland House of Delegates has given initial approval to a budget package and a doubling of the state’s “flush tax.”

The House advanced the budget package and the tax increase on sewer bills on Thursday after a marathon session that plodded on for more than nine straight hours.

One of the budget measures would increase the income tax on people who make more than $100,000 a year. It’s significantly scaled back from a Senate version of the bill, which would levy a quarter of a percent increase on most tax payers.

The House also gave initial approval to the state’s $35.9 billion budget for the next fiscal year.

The “flush tax” increase would double from $30 annually to $60 to help upgrade sewage treatment plans.

A 6 percent gas tax increase proposed by Gov. Martin O’Malley recently met with a cold reception.

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