Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller wants to do more to tackle Maryland's structural budget deficit and transportation funding concerns during a special session this fall when lawmakers convene for congressional redistricting.
Miller, a Democrat, outlined the goals in a letter to Gov. Martin O'Malley obtained Wednesday. He is calling for a carefully and jointly crafted plan to take on three objectives.
The Senate president writes that the session would be a good time to take on legislation to begin sharing teacher pension costs with local governments.
Miller also wants to close the remainder of the state's structural deficit by increasing revenue, and he writes that the session is the right time to address transportation needs by calling for greater contributions from the users and beneficiaries of public infrastructure.