ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Republicans say the state can survive the so-called doomsday budget passed by the legislature last week and that a special session to fix the plan and raise taxes is not necessary.

GOP members of the House of Delegates said Tuesday that while they believe that budget plan inappropriately increases spending, it does not require lawmakers to return to Annapolis since adjourning their annual 90-day session last week.

In the final hours of the legislative session, lawmakers failed to replace $512 million in spending cuts with a package including tax hikes and alternate savings.

It is widely expected that the governor will call lawmakers back in an attempt to rectify the budget situation which would eliminate 500 state jobs.

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