House Republicans Start 2014 Session with Emphasis on Tax Relief

Annapolis – Today, the House Republican Caucus began the work of the 2014 Legislative Session by affirming their leadership team and commitment to presenting alternatives to the high taxes being pushed by the majority party in Annapolis.

The House Republican Caucus re-elected Minority Leader Nicholaus Kipke and Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga by unanimous acclamation. The leadership team was nominated by Delegate Ron George of Anne Arundel County. The nomination was seconded by Delegate Justin Ready of Carroll County.

“I appreciate the support of the Republican members in selecting me as their leader. We are united in passing tax relief this session to help Maryland families,” said Delegate Kipke. “High taxes and fees are harming so many households and many lifelong Marylanders are fleeing our state to avoid this unfair tax burden. This session Republicans have a laser-like focus on reducing taxes on behalf of all Marylanders.”

During the first floor session of 2014, House Republicans nominated Minority Leader Nicholaus Kipke as Speaker of the House of Delegates.

Delegate LeRoy Myers made the nomination saying, “As the minority party in the Maryland House of Delegates, we look for the opportunity to vote FOR something rather than against it. While we deeply respect Speaker Busch, we hold a very different view on the policies that are best for the citizens of the state of Maryland. To that end, we feel it is time to nominate a member of the House who best represents the views of the minority party.”

“This session we are committed to championing better solutions for a better Maryland,” commented Delegate Szeliga. “Our caucus will continue to stand united to protect Maryland’s citizens from calls for higher taxes and overreaches by their government.”

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