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Budget Season Throughout The Region

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By Stephanie Kaye

State and local governments around the region are working on their budgets.

In Maryland, House and Senate negotiators are trying to resolve discrepancies between their two versions of a $13.2 billion state operating budget. Lawmakers from both chambers held their first conference committee yesterday and meet again tonight.

In Virginia's Fairfax County, officials are considering fee increases to deal with a $257 million budget gap. County supervisors plan to meet today in the first of three days of public hearings. On the table are higher charges on sewage bills and a vehicle registration fee.

Meanwhile, D.C. is looking to save $5 million by cutting street cleaning jobs. Mayor Adrian Fenty's 2011 proposals include "tossing out" 39 trash inspector positions and 57 street cleaner jobs.

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