Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, a Prince George's County Democrat, indicated late last week that there's not enough support in the Budget and Taxation Committee for O'Malley's plan to pay for a repeal through the millionaire tax and spending cuts to transportation and other programs. Miller raised the possibility of dropping the higher income tax and making up the lost revenue entirely through spending cuts, though that would be a tough sell as well.
"The problem is getting Democrats to agree is like herding cats to a common goal," Miller said.
Legislative leaders predicted that the bill to implement the BGE settlement would move quickly. While some lawmakers might try to amend the bill, most probably would be loath to take steps that could jeopardize the hard-fought deal.