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Press Release - Welcome to Hotel O'Malley, Taxpayers Can Never Leave

June 27, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2013
CONTACT: Nick Loffer, Nick@AFPMaryland.com or (410) 603-1836

Welcome to Hotel O’Malley, Taxpayers Can Never Leave
Baltimore City-owned Hilton has lost over $65 million since opening.

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Hilton, which is owned by the City, lost over $11 million last year according to the Baltimore Sun.   The project, pushed through by then-Mayor O’Malley, was a part of the Convention Center development package.  To date the government ran hotel has lost over $65 million since opening in 2008.  Why should government be in the hotel business?

“Families living paycheck to paycheck can’t afford to pay the $65 million in losses that the Baltimore Hilton has rung up thanks to then-Mayor O’Malley,” said AFP-Maryland Interim State Director Nick Loffer.  “That $65 million could have gone a long way to closing Baltimore’s budget deficit.  Governor O’Malley’s ‘better choices’ have unnecessarily led to more debt, more taxes, and less money in the pockets of Baltimore residents!”

On July 1,  the tolls will be hiked along with the state gas tax rate and the rain tax for many counties.  For Baltimore residents, the bottle tax goes up on July 1 to 5 cents per bottle and face a hike in the water rate. Americans for Prosperity had led the charge against the toll and gas tax hikes since 2011.

To schedule an interview please contact Americans for Prosperity Interim State Director Nick Loffer at 410-603-1836 or Nick@AFPMaryland.com.

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans.  For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org

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