Governor O’Malley is committed to catch California for having the most disastrous tax rates and out-of-control spending any way he can.
Now it seems O’Malley is prepping for another increase to the state sales tax, this time a 17% increase which would bring the sales tax from 6% to 7%.
This would be the second highest sales tax in the US trailing only California’s 7.25% rate.
In 2007 O’Malley raised the state sales tax from 5% to 6% in the largest tax increase in the State’s history.
Currently Maryland has the 16th highest state sales tax rate, not the 9th lowest as O'Malley inaccurately claimed. The Tax Foundation refuted his claim.
Governor O’Malley’s pursuit of surpassing California’s failed fiscal policies will lead to disaster for Maryland’s economy and family households.
This chart shows that Maryland's operating budget has ballooned under Governor O'Malley to the tune of nearly $7 billion dollars!
So let's be clear and honest. There are no cuts in this year's budget. None! Annapolis has increased spending again.
Raising the income tax will allow Governor O'Malley and Annapolis to spend nearly a billion dollars more in FY13 rather than $400 million more if no tax hikes are passed.
Are our elected officials being honest when they say the don't have enough money to go around and that they are cutting our budget?
Contact your legislators today telling them not to convene for a special session so they can tax and spend even more!
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.
THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS!
Your hard work and activism has paid off as Governor O'Malley's unaffordable proposals to increase the gas tax were firmly rejected and tossed out of the 2012 Session.
This was the second time Americans for Prosperity Maryland was able to defeat an increase to the gas tax and keep another job killing policy from passing.
Americans for Prosperity Maryland members were able to make the winning difference by gathering thousands of petitions against increasing the gas tax.
This grassroots effort united Republicans, Independents, and Democrats against Governor O'Malley's job killing policy and attack on Maryland's working class.
Thank you to all who attended our rallies against the gas tax, made phone calls, sent emails, and took our petitions everywhere you went!