No one is surprised to hear that the botched legislative session needs a do-over. The leadership in Annapolis is discussing how much and which taxes to raise on Maryland families. The “Doomsday Budget” that passed increased state spending by $700 million. The two budget bills that did not pass include another $500 million in tax increases. Governor O’Malley has called legislators back to Annapolis the week of May 14 for what will be a Special Taxing Session.
While I am opposed to the continued increases in taxes coming from Annapolis, I am extremely upset about the latest proposal to increase income taxes that includes a penalty on working women. The Democrat plan increases taxes on singles making $100,000 and married couples making $150,000. This is blatantly unfair and focuses extra taxes on working women. We should be rewarding marriage and not over-taxing families where both spouses work.
I am urging lawmakers to remove the marriage penalty from their plan. I will introduce an amendment to the budget to remove the “marriage penalty” if necessary.
It’s ironic that we spent two months debating same sex marriage in Annapolis and now the leadership wants to put a new tax on marriage!
I’ve heard from hundreds of residents from Baltimore and Harford Counties all urging lawmakers to stop raising taxes. I will be carrying their message to Annapolis and hope other legislators are listening to their constituents too and will join me in resisting any additional taxes.