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Md. House Of Delegates Passes Revenue Package With Income Tax Hike

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)– Maryland lawmakers take a giant leap toward cutting a billion-dollar deficit in half, but it’s going to cost you.

Political reporter Pat Warren explains the House of Delegates has approved its own version of a state spending plan.

The House passed a revenue package that includes an income tax hike, fee increases and a tobacco tax hike.

“There is no good news in this budget for the citizens of Maryland,” said Del. Michael Smigiel (R-Cecil County). “There is only pain and protracted debt.”

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Critics say the General Assembly has fallen into a habit of taxing and spending that not even a recession can discourage it from following.

“Because you know what we’re doing? We’re kicking our citizens when they’re down,” House Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell said.

But in closing the budget deficit, the majority Democrats in the House took a different view, considering that the greatest burden would fall on the affluent Marylanders who make a $100,000 or more.

The House rejected a Senate plan to tax online purchases and it has a different proposal for transferring teacher pensions to local jurisdictions. But all of this is subject to change when the two sides meet in the conference committee.

The two versions would have to be reconciled by April 2 which is the constitutional deadline for budget approval.

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  1. Honest Steve says:

    Yeah…attack those “rich” 100K families.

    Fools…that’s barely middle class if you want to live outside the ghetto, have a new car, and raise kids.

    Cant wait to mvoe out of this state.

    Tax 100K+ and so do nothings can have food, free cellphones, and get reduced MTA bus fare.

    Lets not forget we have to feed the kids they knew they couldnt afford because some how that’s a “right” you have as an American. To be as irresponsible as possible and get everything you need.

    Cant wait for the bottom go drop out of this country and we see who’s made of what.

    1. We need more transparency says:

      What are you waiting for? Please leave and quit your griping. We don’t need Un-Americans like you in this state or for that matter in this country. Try moving to South America, I’m sure those good folks will treat you with more hospitality than you provided to their citizens who have migrated here. LOSER

      1. Honest Steve says:

        I’m waiting to retire since i have to much time/money tied up in my retirement to just leave at this point.

        What’s American about taking money from those who went to college, paid for loans, and continue to work and give money to people who havent worked a day in their life and sit around having kids as a career?

        If you believe .Gov needs to run all portions of your life including health care, housing market, car companies then great. Have at your “new ” America.

        I believe it’s purely American to doubt and not like parts of your gov’t. If not you’ve concluded a Dictatorship is good for you.

        Look into history and just use common sense. Can you make a country thrive by taking from the people willing to work to pay for those who arent?

        Somehow most of the gov’t and some uneducated voters actually think the gov’t can spend the citizens money better then the citizen.

        Go get a job that puts you into a “good” tax bracket and have the gov’t take 20% of what you make from your family then I’ll allow you to stand next to me and debate. Until then enjoy your “earned income credit”.

        Un-American yeah…I dont want to live in your America.

      2. Some who is actually awake says:

        You have to be the dumbet M’Fer in the state. Oh nevermind. You are the majority because that is the only reason democrats keep getting elected in this welfare-friendly state.

        Paying higher taxes is only a sign of cow-towing to lobbyists who run these liberal programs. If you don’t think that is true, then take a look at the recent bills that were passed and the voting demographic.

        The only way to prove the truth to idiots like yourself is if more 100k or more earners leave the state. Then you will be left with all these high taxes and no one to pay them. All the Owe’Malley voters will be standing around with their hands out waiting for their next check.

  2. wheres common sense when you need it says:

    It is funny how these so called leaders expect everyone to “feel the pain” while they rake in the money. Lets start by reducing their pay to minimum wage with no benefits. We will continue with no perks and making them responsible for paying all of their own expenses that they create. It is time that ALL programs be made to be self supporting and if it can not maintain itself, then it goes to the waste side. No new taxes or “fees” until a complete audit is done and those responsible for the money are held accountable. It is time that these “leaders” are held responsible for the actions they take. It is a real shame that before long, we are going to have to out source leadership because we don’t have any of our own!

  3. Jim says:

    Honest Steve is right, so is “where is common sense when you need it.”

    1. Some who is actually awake says:

      Not in this forum, not in Idiot’s Steve’s comments, and certainly not in your post.

  4. Scotsjock says:

    MD has a dictator. He’s called Martin O malley. He relies on the bone idle to get his votes. They are so idle he has them ferried to the poles to vote for him.
    Americans are proud workers. Africans don’t work and rely on hand outs. Need I say more

    1. martini chic says:

      Americans proud workers. Please!! All you Americans want is money in front of your face that you all certainly don’t have. AMERICANS ARE MONEY GREEDY.

  5. peterpan says:

    Get ready folks to vote these useless lawmakers out in November. Their records are available online. WE NEED gov. to cut spending, not increase taxes. That is what we sent them to Annapolis to do..

  6. Bill says:

    Unfortunately we have to realize that the takers in society now outnumber the givers. There is no solution to this problem other than to leave the state at your earliest opportunity. Next year will just be another money grab by Annapolis.

  7. MD VOTER says:

    All you liberal democrats put these people in office, now suffer the penalty. The sad thing is we all suffer because of them. Baltimore City and three counties elect the state wide politicians. The people on the eastern shore and Western Maryland really have no say in the state elections. So our only recourse is to get them out of office, which is not going to happen.

  8. 1-0-3-0 WITHERSPOON says:

    MARYLAND YOU VOTED THIS, IS WHAT YOU GET. PRETTY EASY TO FOLLOW, LESS TAKE HOME $$$$, LESS SERVICE OR THE SERVICE IS SO POOR THERE SHOULD BE NO SERVICE. LAYOFFS AND DOWN SIZE GOVERMENT. THE GOVERMENT WORKS FOR AMERICA NOT AMERICA WORKING FOR THE GOVERMENT. I AGREE GET OUT OF FACEBOOK FOR A WHILE AND LIVE, GET A LIFE,

    1. The mechanic says:

      STFU U stupid moron, you can’t even spell correctly. How do you expect people to take you seriously.

  9. WHATHHESAY says:

    MARYLAND YOU COMPLAIN. BUT KEEPING PUTTING MIKULSKI IN INTIL SHE MADE HISTORY . FOR DOING NOTHING. TALK ABOUT A TOWN THAT DOESN’T LIKE CHANGE, JUST PLAIN IGNORANT. WHAT EVER LAWS THEY PASS YOU DESERVE IT MARYLAND

  10. SPADE IS says:

    IF THE STATE OF MARYLAND WOULD STOP GIVING SO MUCH CASH TO THE NAACP ,MAYBE THERE WOULD BE SOME MONEY LEFT IN THE BUDGET. NAACP HEADQUATERS MARYLAND,,,,,,WHAT DOES THIS TELL YOU?

  11. Jerry says:

    I’m telling you with the idiots we have in DC , Annapolis and running the city selling the state and country by aiding and abating the illegals and running companies out of the state and the country. I’m thinking about fling the American flag upside down until we get somebody in office who cares about the state and country.

  12. dave says:

    It’s all the God Damm monkey chimp backs fault.

  13. Ballsohardclub says:

    They’re raising taxes & only 16 bloggers on here complaining? There should be hundreds, even thousands. You people are sheeple & will take any increase & that is what the government is counting on. Baaaaaa.

    1. WHATHHESAY says:

      SCHOLAR THE BALLS CLUB BECAUSE YOU VOTED THESE IDIOTS IN. MIKULSKI BEEN IN SO LONG SHE MADE HISTORY,75 YEARS OLD DO YOU REALLY THINK SHE CAN GET THINGS DONE, YOUR VOTE YOUR ISSUES. MARYLAND HEADQUATERS OF NAACP, YOUR DONE, FINISHED STICK A FORK IN YOU,,,,,GET IT

  14. 1-0-3-0 WITHERSPOON says:

    Maryland , why is Deleware debt free, and the whole state of Deleware HAS NO TAXES. NO TAXES. THEY DO NOT AND WILL NOT SUPPORT THE NAACP AND ALL THERE FREE LIBEREL IDEALISM!!! DELEWARE HAS GREAT BEACHES PLENTY TO DO AND SAFE. MARYLAND WISE UP

    1. The mechanic says:

      1030 Witherspoon, You can’t even spell you dummy. What does Witherspoon stand for , SPOONIE AS in Coon?…U B a Bad mo-fo eh?

      1. 1-0-3-0 WITHERSPOON says:

        I CAN SAY I DID NOT COME FROM YOUR MA,MA’S LOINS

      2. 1-0-3-0 WITHERSPOON says:

        DON’T GET YOUR PANTIES IN A WAD . ITS JUST THE NAME OF A STREET. THANKS FOR NOTICING SOMTHING SO UNIMPORTANT. WHEN BALTIMORE IS LITERALLY SINKING BEFORE OUR EYES. GLAD TO KNOW YOU ARE ON THE BALL, KEEPING A WATCHFUL EYE ON OUR FAIR CHARM CITY.NOW YOU WILL PROBALY COME BACK ATTACKING SOMTHING ELSE STUPID LIKE MY SPELLING. YOU AND PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE PART OF THE REASON THE CITY IS IN TROUBLE BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT FOCUSING ON THE DIRE ISSUES OF THIS CITY. PRIORTIZE HON BEFORE YOU END UP LIVING ON A BOX ON THE STREET

  15. wise up says:

    all this whining and we re-elect the Dem’s again…

  16. Bill says:

    Jim is an uneducated FREELOADER that takes good peoples monies! He lives in grandma’s basement smoking pot and playing XBOX!!!

    New America!!!!

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