15 GOP Freshmen Criticize O’Malley Tax Proposals

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Republican freshmen in Maryland’s House of Delegates are criticizing tax proposals.

Delegate Kathy Szeliga, who represents parts of Baltimore and Harford counties, said Wednesday that she believes the state is run by “taxaholics.”

The 15 House freshmen are taking aim at a gas tax proposal that is expected to be made soon. Delegate Steve Hershey, whose district includes parts of four Eastern Shore counties, says residents on the shore already have been hit by a toll increase to cross the Bay Bridge.

O’Malley, a Democrat, has proposed reducing tax exemptions for people who make more than $100,000, affecting about 20 percent of Maryland taxpayers. He also is proposing to double, on average, the state’s “flush tax.” The governor says the revenue is needed for infrastructure after years of budget cuts.

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  • Theressa Bush

    OMalley needs to stop the excuses for taxes and just admit it’s mis-management of state government that is the problem.

  • Steve Wilson

    This is news? Every GOP politician harps on the economy without mentioning that their Party caused the Recession, and that no GOP economic plan has ever worked.

    • BookerTaxWashington

      tax and spend doesnt work either. tolls go up, taxes go up, too bad salaries dont. oh and dont forget MD tuition. oh and the state sales tax!
      the cost of living in this state is terrible and if it wasnt for the subsidized government work force pushing taxes every year a normal family could live in this state. good luck being the next bankrupt state. too bad the media is silent as always.

  • Taxed2Death

    maryland also wants a tax on phone apps. i am moving to TN soon, thank goodness they know how to balance the budget instead of putting the burden on the tax payer.

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