Maryland House Democrats Support Tax Increases


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RESEARCH BRIEFINGS
ANNAPOLIS
04.02.2010
Maryland House Democrats Support Tax Increases
by MDGOP Communications

Hardworking Marylanders know how to make the tough decisions to cut spending in order to balance their own checkbooks, yet the concept of fiscal responsibility is lost on Democrats in this State.

Maryland House Democrats have cleared the path to future tax increases.  According to Maryland Republican Party Chairman Audrey Scott, House Democrats rejection of Delegate Christopher Shank’s amendment to the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act (SB 141) is further proof that Maryland Democrats have no regard for Taxpayers.

“Hardworking Marylanders know how to make the tough decisions to cut spending in order to balance their own checkbooks, yet the concept of fiscal responsibility is lost on Democrats in this State,” said Chairman Scott.  “Republicans are putting forward real solutions to fix the financial mess created by Maryland Democrats but are constantly met with resistance to any real fiscal reform.”

In February, the House Republican Caucus presented a budget plan to the joint budget committees in the House and Senate.  This plan would have reduced FY 2011 spending by $830 million above the Governor’s proposal, eliminated the structural deficit, and allowed for a roll back of Governor O’Malley’s tax increases.  The budget committees rejected the Republican House Plan and instead reduced the budget by a minuscule $12 million in the House and $11 million in the Senate.  Republicans offered a series of floor amendments based on their budget plan, but all were rejected by Democrats.

The Shank amendment to the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act would have declared the intent of the General Assembly to put a four year freeze on expanding, creating, or raising taxes.

“All we have to show for another four years of one party rule in Annapolis is more spending, higher taxes, and a mountain of debt,” said Scott.  “Democrats have spent themselves into a corner and someone is going to have to pick up their tab, without significant changes in November, the burden is going to fall back on the Maryland’s Taxpayers.”

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