HAGERSTOWN - For businesses, the tax burden of Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to erase the state's budget deficit could be about $800 million, a state chamber of commerce official said Wednesday.
"(This is) probably the biggest revenue proposal we've seen in several generations and we need to stay on top on it," said Ronald W. Wineholt, the vice president of government affairs for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.
Wineholt spoke Wednesday at a Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Duffy's on Potomac restaurant in Hagerstown.
The previous day, a state Senate committee significantly changed pieces of O'Malley's plan.
The Budget and Taxation Committee softened a revamped income-tax structure and eliminated a property-tax cut.
It also scrapped the governor's idea to apply the state sales tax to four service industries, including health clubs.
Instead, the committee added other industries, including computer services and video arcades.
"This came completely out of the blue," Wineholt said.