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Sen. Jennings: Proposed State Budget is Bad for Maryland

The Harford County Republican, who represents Middle River, details his concerns over tax increases proposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Governor O'Malley introduced his , and your response has been overwhelming. Overwhelmingly negative, that is.

I am right there with you. This budget is terrible news for Maryland.

When you and your fellow constituents contact my office to share your opinion about the proposed budget, you often ask what we can do to stop it.

The answer is threefold:

1) know what's wrong with the budget,
2) tell everyone you know,
3) and encourage them to call their own delegates and senator to demand a vote against the Governor's budget.

Here are some talking points to help you explain how bad it is:

  • Gov. O'Malley's proposed budget increases from $34.2 billion in 2012 to $35.9 billion 2013. That’s an increase of $1.7 billion.
  • You will hear the governor touting $610 million in reductions to the general fund, but his budget is still set to grow by 1.7 percent in 2013. It's just a shell game, moving money around, taking some from here but adding more- always more- elsewhere.
  • The governor’s claim of $7.5 billion in cuts is a myth. In fact, Maryland’s budget has grown by $1 billion or more every year he’s been in office.
  • This budget raises taxes. The governor’s budget includes $311 million in "new revenue," which is politician-talk for higher taxes.

A few lowlights inlcude:

  • Eliminating the mortgage interest deduction for many homeowning, hard-working Marylanders to help subsidize entitlement programs for non-taxpayers

  • Requiring the collection of sales tax for online shopping

  • Applying the cigarette tax to other tobacco products

  • Doubling the Flush Tax

And, this does not even include the governor’s other tax proposals. His crowning achievement would be to increase the gas tax by 15 cents a gallon, which would make Maryland’s gas tax the highest in the Mid-Atlantic.

As you may have heard, he is also testing the waters to raise the sales tax by another penny, which would mean a 40 percent sales tax increase since he took office.

We can't accept this for our Maryland. Please be aware of these facts and help educate your friends, neighbors and colleagues so that they can help turn the tide against this Ggovernor's bloated budget. And please keep your comments, ideas and concerns coming to my office.

As always, I am proud to represent you.

Scott Sewell January 30, 2012 at 12:23 PM
What happens when there are more "tax-eaters" in the entitlement bandwagon, then there are "tax-payers" trying to pull it?
chris January 30, 2012 at 09:21 PM
yep, I get it. Lets just make sure the millionaires don't get a tax increase, and everything that the Democratic Governor proposes is just pure evil. I am so sick of this BS...... COMPRIMISE, Don't Demonize.. you sound like a spoiled brat. wake up and face the reality, cuts and revenue increases are both needed. Can't wait until November to elect someone who knows how to work across pary lines. Show some civility. the people are tired of this nasty selfish talk!
amdactivist February 04, 2012 at 07:09 PM
chris.. is your employer rich? Keep adding more tax to his load and you might be out of a job or are u among the 47% non workers on welfare. Cut government. Cut their spending like vacations and meals and gas and jet rides for the good of their state and how bout cutting all their pensions.. Cut the $2billion a year to illegal aliens who scam welfare while they work our jobs. Omalley now resorting to taxing your toilet flushes. How low can the idiot get. He just trying to show a surplus when he runs for higher ground and people like you just don't get it. Keep voting for these people and believe in their words instead of their actions. You can find a lot going to www.votesmart.org and look at all the politicians record that you voted for. You're in for a shock. You do vote don't you?

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