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AFP’s Response Printed in Sun’s Editorial That Supports Tax Hikes

August 26, 2011 J

On August 22nd The Baltimore Sun printed an editorial " Md. tax increases should be on the table Our view: An all-cuts approach to balancing the budget would be harmful"

The Sun ran my response opposing the Sun's position. However they omitted a few points worth sharing.

These quotes are from the original submitted response that every Marylander should consider.

1. "The costs of goods and services will significantly rise if transportation costs increase, both from proposed toll increases and an increase to the gasoline tax, with an expansion of the sales and use tax levied on top."

Local AFP Chapters Advocate Jobs, Not New Taxes!

August 15, 2011 J


Local County AFP Chapters made a strong push advocating against another round a taxes that may be brought up in this year's "special session" which will begin around October 17th.

Members from the Mid Shore chapter gathered over 200 petitions urging State Officials not to raise the gasoline tax at the
Caroline-Dorchester 4H Fair.

In just two hours Carroll County AFP members gathered over 60 signatures in opposition to raising the gasoline tax during a local sign wave at a gas station!

In 5 days Queen Anne's AFP got over 600 petitions signed urging state leaders not to pass any taxes during the special session. This local petition also let the 5 Republican County Commissioners know that Queen Anne's County residents wanted to repeal the income and property taxes that were passed.

Changes To Toll Hike Propsoals, Delay Likely

August 01, 2011 J


"The final product will be different from what we initially put out," said Maryland Transportation Secretary Beverley Swaim-Staley.

What will the final product look like we still do not know as the MDTA has not presented a final product and a delay in implementing the proposal will most likely happen.

What we do know is that your activism, phone calls, emails, public testimony, and educating your neighbors paid off!

Without your efforts these proposals would have sailed right on through without consideration.

Carbon Tax to Be Repealed in Montgomery County

July 20, 2011 J

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A year ago the Montgomery County Council, led by Councilman George Leventhal, passed the first ever "carbon tax."

Big government has finished last on this issue as the 4th Circuit Court of appeals ruled that the tax is punitive in nature. The Council will be repealing the law.

Leventhal was a politician gone wild during and after the public hearing making numerous comments about those who he said "knew nothing."

Annapolis is Making Their List, Checking it Twice…

July 12, 2011 J


Annapolis is creating their "wish list" of new taxes this year for the special session.

According to the Washington Examiner, The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee requested a list of goods and services exempt from the state sales tax.

Maryland hasn't even seen the conclusion to the job killing massive toll hike that the Maryland Transportation Authority has proposed.

Nor is Maryland in the clear from a 56% property tax increase that the Department of Legislative services noted earlier this year that Maryland may need.

We all need to stay aware of these tax talks and take the time to educate our friends, family, and neighbors.

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