Hogan to Still Seek Tax Relief, Despite Shortfall

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Gov.-elect Larry Hogan says he remains committed to pursuing tax relief in his first year as governor, despite a projected budget shortfall of more than a half a billion dollars.

Hogan, a Republican, said Monday in an interview with The Associated Press that he would consider calling a special session next year to do more work on the state's finances, if that's necessary.

Hogan, who takes office Jan. 21, says he believes his election this month in the heavily Democratic state sent a message that has been heard.

Hogan says while he's sure there will be a give and take with Democrats who control the Legislature, he believes his administration will be able to convince them that steps need to be taken to control spending and reduce taxes.

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