Maryland Democrats worry their tax plan will secure a GOP victory in US Senate

A $1.2 billion taxes and fees bill is stuck in Maryland‘s Democratic-controlled legislature, worrying some Democratic lawmakers that approving it will hand over their narrow U.S. Senate majority to the GOP. 

U.S. Senate candidate Larry Hogan, a Republican, is running for a seat that will be vacated by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) in November. Hogan, who governed the state for two terms, was widely favored for lowering taxes in the traditionally blue state and has been doing well in the polls compared to his Democratic opponents, Rep. David Trone and Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks.

State House and Senate budget negotiators have been unable to come to an agreement on how much revenue should be raised. The Senate wants to wait while the House is eager to get the bill approved, the
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