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How could secret state budget deal be fair?

Be proud, Marylanders. After a 90-day session, our one-party state government could not agree on a budget. Now, after meeting in secret, Gov.Martin O'Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, and House SpeakerMichael E. Buschannounce that they have an agreement to raise taxes.

The Sun agrees that this is a "fairer solution" ("A balanced solution," May 10). I question how any arrangement can be fair that is agreed upon out of the public eye.

M. Link, Baltimore

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