2012 General Assembly - The Good, The Bad, and the Call to Action!
In an epic display of dysfunction the Maryland General Assembly barely passed a State budget in the final hours of the 2012 Session. Shamefully after 90 days Annapolis politicians resorted to bickering, backroom deals, and using your hard earned money for political payoffs during the budgetary debates.
If the General Assembly does not act by July 1st the current budget agreement that was passed, without accompanying tax increases, would increase the Maryland budget by $400 million rather than $1 billion.
Let’s be clear, there were no cuts in this year’s budget! State spending increased to a record amount.
Here is the Good, The Bad, and the Call to Action
Gas Tax Defeated – For the second session in a row the Americans for Prosperity defeated an increase to the gas tax ensuring that working class Marylanders will have more money for their family budgets and prevented another tax that would kill off jobs.
Wind Power Died in Committee – Governor O’Malley’s flagship agenda items for his run at the presidency was rejected by both Democrats and Republicans in a Senate committee. This ensures for the time being that Marylanders will not see an increase in their energy bills nor will crony capitalism occur at the expense of taxpayers.
$1.2 million in corporate welfare to Ocean Downs – The owner of Ocean Downs Casino and Racing was given a massive $1.2 taxpayer funded bailout to cover losses on horse racing. All Marylanders should be up in arms!
Flush Tax Increased– The flush tax will double, after initial pushes to increase the tax 3 or 4 times the current $2.50 a month base. An amendment was adopted to exempt jurisdictions from paying the increase if they did not live in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Nearly $300 million has been diverted from this fund over the last couple years to fill budget deficits.
Increased Septic System Regulations – A tiered system was put in place designating land use. There are now increased regulations, at the County level, that will limit development and use of septic systems putting government at odds with property rights once again.
Call to Action: No Special Session
It is up to Governor O’Malley to call a special session in order for the legislature to pass a companion tax bill to allow spending to increase $1 billion more. If or when he will call session is up in the air, but Senate President Mike Miller and Speaker Michael Busch have made it know that they want a special session.
Americans for Prosperity is opposed to a special session for any reason. Join us in calling on Annapolis to live within their means like working class Marylanders and business.
Call, write, and email your legislators telling them that you do not want a special session and are opposed to new taxes like an income tax hike or an increase to the gas tax today!