Does he want to turn South Carolina into Maryland?
Charleston – Sen. Vincent Sheheen will be hosting Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley at an event in Charleston tomorrow evening. Gov. O’Malley made a name for himself last year by botching the state’s Obamacare exchange. His penchant for tax hikes and government growth has also made Maryland one of the worst states to live, work and raise a family.
“As a former Marylander, I know first-hand how O’Malley’s job-destroying policies have made Maryland one of the worst states to live, work and raise a family,” said Americans for Prosperity South Carolina state director Dave Schwartz. “The last person Sen. Sheheen should be taking advice from to run our state is Martin O’Malley. AFP-SC will continue to advocate against bringing big government policies to the Palmetto state. ”
Quick Facts on Gov. Martin O’Malley:
- ‘Broken Beyond Repair’ – Under O’Malley’s insistence, the state of Maryland spent over $125 million to create their own state-based Obamacare exchange that failed to reach even one third of their insurance goals. After multiple attempts to repair the website exchange, the Maryland General Assembly voted to abandon O’Malley’s exchange and start over with the Connecticut model. Even the Washington Post Editorial board called it a “blunder.”
- ‘Tax-Raising Legacy’ – O’Malley has signed nearly 40 new tax hikes into law, including but not limited to the gas tax, sales tax, cigarette tax, alcohol tax and income tax – all to the tune of $9.5 billion over 7 years. During his tenure, the state budget has increased by 35% and ballooned to just under $39 billion. Just this week Maryland was ranked as one of the worst states to retire, as respondents to the Bankrate.com survey cited ‘high cost of living’ and ‘high state and local taxes.’ Gallup also found that more than 47% of Marylanders want to move out of the state (3rd highest in the country), with many citing high taxes as the reason for their willingness to move.
- Job Destroyer – Maryland’s reliance on the federal government for its labor force makes it a much less attractive place for private sector companies to headquarter and create jobs. Under O’Malley, the number of unemployed Marylanders has doubled. Recently,South Carolina has enjoyed a much higher job growth rate than Maryland. When O’Malley was inaugurated, 11 Fortune 500 companies called Maryland home – today there are only 4. One of those 4 left, McCormick & Co. (makers of the famed Old Bay seasoning), is looking to possibly relocate their headquarters out of Maryland. During his time in office, O’Malley has seen 31,000 residents leave the state, eliminating a possible $1.7 billion in tax revenue.