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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Gov. O'Malley says a $100 million tax credit program to promote high-tech industry in Maryland will help provide badly needed start-up money for new businesses. The initiative would offer tax credits to insurance companies at a discounted rate in exchange for investing in the initiative.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Maryland high schoolers would have to complete a course in financial literacy in order to graduate under a bill state lawmakers are considering. Supporters, including Comptroller Peter Franchot, says massive debt and bankruptcy plans offered as escape routes are crushing people in their late teens and early 20s.

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