More than 100 bills have been introduced in the General Assembly to impose or raise state fees for citizens and businesses that legislators and Gov. William Donald Schaefer say benefit from state regulation or use state services. Lawmakers say the fees are more palatable to voters than higher taxes. The alternative -- higher taxes for everyone -- is less fair, they say. The state promises more budget cuts unless additional funds are available.
Figuring that more revenue for the state is going to come from somewhere, The Evening Sun would like to know which you prefer as the source. More fees? Higher taxes? Some of each?
To register your opinion, call SUNDIAL at 783-1800 (or 268-7736 in Anne Arundel County) today through midnight. After you hear the greeting, you'll be asked to punch in a four-digit code on your touch-tone phone. Punch 4600 and you'll be connected with "It's Your Call," The Evening Sun's phone survey on topical issues.
"It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as a scientific public opinion poll would be.
Look for the results in tomorrow's Evening Sun.