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Baker Eyes Slots, Gas and Bag Taxes to Bridge Budget Shortfall

Rushern Baker

With a looming $100 million shortfall in County’s $2.7 billion budget, County Executive Rushern Baker is looking at a variety of ways to bridge that gap. The Maryland General Assembly is preparing for its 430th session next month, and Baker is lobbying the State Delegates for these changes.

Though in the past, Baker was not supportive to the idea of having slots in the County, he seems to be thinking otherwise.

“We have to look at almost everything,” said Baker, reported by this Washington Post article.

Other options Baker is eyeing on include introducing a gas tax that is popular among the legislatures.

He is also backing a nickel bag fee for the county; and he wants to forestall the pension shift or at least mitigate its impact on localities such as Prince George’s.

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