State panels invite public to speak out at hearing on taxes

January 28, 1992|By Annapolis Bureau of The Sun

ANNAPOLIS -- Have something you want to say about state taxes? Want them to go up? Or down?

The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee want to hear from you. They have scheduled a two-day, 18-hour tax hearing marathon, beginning at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

On tap will be any and all proposals involving Maryland's sales, income, business, tobacco and alcohol taxes, as well as other levies. Bills involving the state gasoline tax or property taxes, however, will not be discussed.

Testimony in the Joint Hearing Room of the Legislative Services Building, across the street from the State House, will be apportioned as follows:

Sponsors of tax bills will speak first, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow. Interested individuals and organizations will move to the witness stand at 3 p.m. and continue through until 9 p.m. If enough people show up, they will resume testimony at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Elected officials will get their chance between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday. Anyone who has not been heard from by then can sign up for the final hours of the tax-a-thon.

Those who wish to register to testify in advance may call the Department of Fiscal Services, (410) 841-3710 from Baltimore, (301) 858-3710 from the Washington area, or (800) 492-7122, Ext. 3810 from elsewhere in the state.

Registration on the day of the hearings will be conducted between noon and 1 p.m. each day, but those who have registered in advance will be heard first. Witnesses who have written testimony may supply one copy, which will be reproduced for committee members after the hearing has ended, or 45 copies, which will be distributed at the hearing.

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