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Budget talk can be confusing: How big is it?

After Gov. Martin O’Malley releases his budget today, there may be some confusion about how much he actually plans to spend.

The overall state budget – the one that shows up every year around page 7 in the official budget highlights book – will likely be about $31 billion, same as this year after all the cuts.

Many media reports focus on the “general fund” budget that is less than half that total, about $13 billion. Some accounts have even referred to this the “operating budget.” It is not.

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