O'Malley Can't Get His Story On Gas Tax Right
It’s no secret that Governor O’Malley has been mismanaging Maryland’s budget since he took office. Multiple budget deficits caused by overspending were met with several tax hikes and one time budget transfers. These policy choices have resulted in hurting Maryland’s economy and regional competitiveness for new jobs.
O’Malley’s favorite budget balancing gimmick, raiding the Transportation Trust Fund which is supposed to be dedicated to roads, has led to the claim there is no money left for transportation projects. This claim ignores the fact that the Maryland budget has increased $7 billion dollars since O’Malley took office.
But on the opening day of the 2013 General Assembly he can’t get his story right to reporters on how transportation projects should be funded when taxpayers have already paid for them.
Rob Lang of WBAL tweeted this morning that O’Malley says Maryland is “out of options” and Annapolis must raise taxes.
So which is it Governor O’Malley? Are you going to take more money out working class families’ pay checks? Or do you have a responsible way to budget money for transportation projects that doesn’t include tax hikes on businesses and families?