ANNAPOLIS -- House Republicans on Wednesday proposed a series of budget cuts and deferrals in hopes of repealing a controversial state tax on computer services.
During a recent special session, the Maryland General Assembly approved an increase in the state sales tax, to 6 percent from 5 percent, and applying the sales tax to computer services.
The sales tax is expected to generate about $200 million.
Some legislators, mostly Republicans, have called the tax unfair and pushed for its repeal.
Democrats, who dominate both houses of the legislature, have said the tax helped plug a large budget deficit and can't be repealed without a revenue substitute.
In the new GOP plan, the two measures resulting in the largest projected savings were a reduction in an increase of post-employment benefits and a longer phase-in of education funding based on geography.