Vacation's Over For Maryland Lawmakers

Now it's time to tackle those money problems

By Andrea Berry
|  Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010  |  Updated 7:48 PM EDT
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Maryland General Assembly Opens  2010 Legislative Session

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Maryland's grappling with a $2 billion deficit.

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Maryland General Assembly Opens 2010 Legislative Session

Chris Gordon reports on the first day of the 2010 Maryland General Assembly and the budget gap facing lawmakers.
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Maryland lawmakers get back to work today in Annapolis. On the agenda: the state's $2 billion deficit, and how to close it.

Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley is also focusing on the economy. He said he's targeting job creation to help the state recover from the recesssion. He also said he'll help homeowners avoid foreclosure by creating mandatory mediation between borrowers and lenders.

O'Malley still has another week before he reveals his latest budget proposal. But one group of activists is already protesting it.

The group, called Americans for Prosperity, is planning a rally in Annapolis this evening. The protestors are against high taxes, and they say they're demonstrating as "very frustrated people."

The march is getting some steam from former Republican Gov. Bob Ehrlich, who advertised the demonstration on his radio show Saturday. As you'll recall, O'Malley defeated Ehrlich for the governor's mansion in 2006. Now  Ehrlich is weighing a re-match.

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