House Republicans called on the O’Malley/Brown Administration to abandon Maryland’s failed Health Care Exchange in an open letter sent last week. To date, no response has been received. You read the letter here.
Annapolis, Md. – House Minority Leader Nic Kipke released the following statement in response to the $238 million in revenue write downs announced by the Board of Revenue Estimates:
“The announcement of a revenue shortfall of over $200 million is quite concerning. With a one billion dollar spending increase in the Governor’s budget proposal, we would hope the budget committees in the House and Senate would exercise true fiscal responsibility as they begin to make their budget decisions. Clearly, all is not well in Maryland’s fiscal house. With over 80 tax, toll, and fee increases since 2007, Maryland’s citizens have certainly done their part and more. It is time for their elected leaders to actually exhibit the fiscal restraint they give lip service to.”
Annapolis, Md. – Today, House Republicans announced their plan to repeal Maryland’s Rain Tax. In the year since it was passed during the 2012 Legislative Session, the Stormwater Management – Watershed Protection Program, has proven to be nothing more than another excuse to tax Marylanders.
“If you ask the citizens of our State if they support efforts to clean up the Bay, you will hear a resounding ‘yes’. If you ask those same citizens if they support both a healthy environment and business climate, they will say ‘yes,’” said Delegate Cathy Vitale (Anne Arundel County). “These principals are not mutually exclusive. However, the hasty manner in which the Rain Tax was passed failed to take into consideration the impact this legislation would have on industries that are now treated differently from county to county, and on ‘consumer purchasing’ from one to the other as only some businesses will have to build in these costs to their products and services.”
“We’ve had more than a year to see how this policy would play out, and so far it has done nothing to improve the Chesapeake Bay,” said Delegate Wayne Norman, the bill’s lead sponsor. “Cleaning up the Bay is a regional issue and it is foolish to make ten counties in Maryland the primary focus of these efforts. We need to repeal the Rain Tax and find a new, equitable solution that will actually improve the health of the Bay.”
The Rain Tax is one of more than 80 tax, toll and fee increases levied on Maryland’s citizens by the O’Malley/Brown Administration.
Annapolis, Md. – Today, House Republicans announced The Income Tax Relief Act of 2014, or HB 326, that will cut Maryland’s income tax rate by ten percent over the next three years. This across-the-board cut will bring much-needed tax relief to all Marylanders regardless of their income or tax bracket.
Since 2007, the O’Malley/Brown Administration has raised taxes, tolls and fees nearly 80 times while increasing overall government spending by $9.6 billion (or 32%) over the same time period. This oppressive tax climate is hurting Maryland’s families and forcing many of them to leave the state.
“According to IRS data, Maryland has lost more than $7 billion in adjusted gross income (AGI) as our citizens have migrated away from the Free State to Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia,” said Delegate Andrew Serafini (Washington County), the bill’s lead sponsor. “Despite a common perception, it’s not just corporate executives or wealthy retirees with their big houses and private planes taking their money and fleeing the state. According to the IRS, the average annual income of the migrators is just over $50,000. They’re small business owners, working families, and young professionals that are no longer investing their time, talent, and dollars into our economy and communities.”
“Tax relief is a bi-partisan economic stimulus strategy,” said House Minority Leader Nicolaus Kipke. “Reagan, Kennedy, Clinton and even Obama, successfully used tax relief measures to stimulate economic growth. While it’s not all we should give back to taxpayers, it’s a responsible and realistic start, especially when Democratic Party leaders are considering increasing their own paychecks this year. It means a few more trips to the grocery store, paying a winter electric bill, going to a nicer restaurant for an anniversary dinner, and giving Marylanders a little breathing room.”
Click here for the official copy of the press release.
Annapolis, Md. – House Republicans will hold a press conference to announce and discuss the provisions of HB 326, The Income Tax Relief Act of 2014. Maryland’s citizens have struggled over the last eight years; a sluggish economy, high unemployment, increasing prices – have forced them to do more with less. This legislation puts money back in the pockets of all Marylanders, providing tax relief for everyone.
The press conference will be held on Tuesday, February 18th at 12:30pm in Room 142 of the Lowe House Office Building.
Below is a video of Delegate Herb McMillan’s Lincoln Day Address from Monday, February 10, 2014. The House of Delegates honors President Abraham Lincoln every year with an address by a delegate selected by their fellow members.