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Democrats Tax Triple Play bad for Maryland
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Democrats Tax Triple Play is Bad for Maryland


Contact: Brian Griffiths
chairman@mdyr.org; @
BrianGriffiths

ANNAPOLIS- Maryland Young Republicans Chairman Brian Griffiths issued the following statement about today's increase in taxes.

"Today is an extremely unfortunate day for Maryland. On this day Marylanders are being hit with not one, not two, but three major tax increases that are going to hurt our economy and cost our citizens jobs.

"Marylanders today wake up to to gas taxes that have been increased by 15%, tolls that have increased by as much as 50%, and in ten counties the imposition of a Rain Tax that could cost homeowners and businesses hundreds of dollars a year. These taxes will hurt all Marylanders and huge sections of our economy as businesses are forced to raise prices to cover the costs of these new taxes, the costs of which will invariably be passed on to the consumers. At the end of the day, just these three tax increases will likely cost each Marylander over $1,000 a year that could be better spent to stimulate our economy and create job growth.

"However, Governor Martin O'Malley, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, and the Democrats in the Maryland General Assembly have decided that tax increases are needed, even though the most casual observer will note that they are not necessary. For decades State Government has raided the Transportation Trust fund to cover the cost of General Fund expenditures while simultaneously tax dollars set aside for environmental protection have been regularly re-directed to non-governmental organizations instead of used directly for pollution control or appropriate environmental stewardship. The perceived need for additional tax dollars comes from decades of Democratic budgetary mismanagement.

"As usual, Maryland Democrats are taking the view that Maryland's taxpayers are not the driving force behind our economic prosperity but merely an ATM for which the state can withdraw money to fund expensive and unnecessary government programs. The Democrats Tax Triple Play is bad for all Marylanders, and will do additional harm to our citizens and our economy."

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   Auth: Maryland Young Republicans; Kyle Buckles, Treas.

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