Maryland tax increases approved by House of Delegates

The Maryland legislature has been meeting in a special session to address several issues. (Photo: Brad Bell)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has approved a budget package in a special session.

The House voted 77-60 on Wednesday to raise income taxes on single filers who make more than $100,000 and joint filers who make $150,000 in taxable income a year.

The House voted 86-51 for a separate bill to split teacher pension costs over four years and raise taxes on tobacco other than cigarettes.

The House votes ends a special session that began on Monday.

Gov. Martin O'Malley called the special session to avoid about $500 million in budget cuts that were triggered by the General Assembly's failure to pass the budget package during the 90-day regular session last month.