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Maryland’s Tax And Spend Problem Continues To Grow

Earlier this week, Change Maryland released an updated list of taxes, fees and toll increases enacted under Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s administration. The list increased to 32 taxes and fees totaling $2.3 billion taken from the pockets of taxpayers. That number will grow when the Maryland General Assembly legislative session ends next month.

“This will not be a slide in the Governor’s power point presentations,” said Change Maryland Chairman Larry Hogan. “We’re finding yet again, it’s time to pull the curtain back on this Administration. Elected officials and bureaucrats don’t want their tax, fee and toll increases to be public and understandable, so we did it for them in the interest of promoting fiscal responsibility and transparency.”

The report starts in 2007 and goes through 2012 and can be referenced here. This list should be of dire concern to all Marylanders, considering the current tax increases we are facing. The one most recently of concern, an 87 percent gas tax, which passed the house and is scheduled to be voted on by the state senate anytime now.

Change Maryland has been a watchdog over the O’Malley administration, and in November of 2012, gained national attention with this article, refuting 10 of Governor O’Malley’s false assertions. Most notably, was the this claim by theGovernor: “In fact, to achieve balance over the last three years, we have relied almost entirely on cuts.” Change Maryland pointed out that from 2007-2012, O’Malley increased taxes 24 times, removing an additional $2.4 billion annually from the annual economy. In fact, O’Malley’s budgets have grown by $9 billion, nearly 30 percent since 2007.

Now these increases have jumped to 32, and are continuing to grow in 2013. As with President Obama, Governor O’Malley no longer has to be concerned with answering to the electorate, as his second term will expire in 2016.

Former Senate candidate, Daniel Bongino (R-MD) raised critical points regarding the ‘exodus’ out of Maryland in a  January Watchdog Wire article:

If you want to save this beautiful place, blessed by the Creator with natural gifts too numerous to count, then it is time to get serious. Action matters. In case you have failed to notice, we are losing people. The tax-and-spend opponents of common sense are acting while we are talking.  Maryland is suffering from an exodus of its citizens. When asked why they are leaving, the most common answer is, “you can’t do business here.” These are IRS statistics, not my opinion. In fact, these IRS statistics were so damaging to the tax-and-spend crowds in states such as Maryland, California and New York, that the IRS simply stopped publicly reporting the data.

The only way we can combat this tax-and-spend ideology is to continue to hold our elected officials accountable.

Jackie Wellfonder

Jackie Wellfonder is a proud conservative activist and strategist. She started blogging in 2012 and spreading a common sense message of fiscal conservatism, limited government, and transparent governance. She is also a radio host at www.waarradio.com.

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