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Doomsday for Maryland?

Martin O’Malley’s budget failure.

May 14, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 33 • By KATE HAVARD
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Undeterred, O’Malley invited the house and senate leadership to the governor’s mansion to begin working out the details of a special session. On Friday, the governor finally made the May 14 session official. 

Legislators and analysts alike expect O’Malley to use the specter of “Doomsday” to his advantage, firing up some of the more reluctant special interests (like the teachers’ unions, whose pensions and retirement plans are threatened) to fight for his tax plan. With Democratic supermajorities in both houses of the legislature, O’Malley will likely get his way. But will he recover his reputation? “He’s [been portrayed] as someone who gets people organized and gets things done,” says Ellen Sauerbrey. “This has really tarnished him.”

Kate Havard is a student at St. John’s College.

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