Lawmakers meeting in a special legislative session on Maryland's fiscal crisis are costing the state $6,000 to $7,500 for each day they meet in Annapolis -- totaling between $36,000 and $45,000 since the House and Senate convened Sept. 25.
So far, the Senate has met on seven days and the House on five.
The session was supposed to last just one day and be dedicated to congressional redistricting, but the session dragged on to deal with the state deficit.
Legislative aides said the special session is being conducted at a budget rate. Legislators are doing without additional staff, such as the pages who carry papers onto the legislative floor during the regular 90-day winter session.
Aides said the money for the session will have to be squeezed from the current budget.