Maryland special session to vote on budget package

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      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is poised to vote on a package of budget measures in a special session.

      The Senate is set to take a vote needed to send the legislation to the House of Delegates on Tuesday.

      The special session, which began Monday, has been called by Gov. Martin O'Malley to avert about $500 million in cuts triggered by a "doomsday budget" that was triggered when lawmakers failed to pass a package of legislation during the regular 90-day session last month.

      The package includes tax increases on people who make more than $100,000 a year and a split of teacher pension costs during the regular 90-day session in April.

      It also includes increases on taxes for tobacco products other than cigarettes.