How legislators voted on tax bills

April 12, 1992

Sunday's editions of The Sun incorrectly reported the votes of three members of the House of Delegates on Senate Bill 1, which increased Maryland's cigarette taxes, applied the sales tax to many goods and services that were not covered, increased corporate filing fees and closed some income tax loopholes.

Delegates Marsha G. Perry, D-Anne Arundel; John G. Gary, R-Anne Arundel; and Paul E. Weisengof, D-Baltimore, all voted against the bill. That made the final vote 79-55, with six delegates not voting.

The Sun regrets the error.

The Senate and House of Delegates each approved a package of three tax bills in special legislative session Friday night. Here is a synopsis of each bill and how the senators and delegates voted. NV indicates that the legislator did not cast a vote.

FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION

SENATE BILL 1: Raises $244 million to cover budget deficit by repealing sales tax exemptions on snack and carryout foods, food sold in hospital and college cafeterias, newspapers, and dietary pet food. Sales tax also broadened to cover cellular and beeper services, 900 telephone numbers, telephone answering and custom calling, pay-per-view TV, security services, credit reports and commercial janitorial services. It also raises $89 million by adding 20 cents to the current 16-cents-a-pack tax on cigarettes, pro-rating income taxes for part-time residents, increasing corporate and financial institution filing fees, and various tax compliance and enforcement measures.

SENATE BILL 2: Adds a 6 percent income tax bracket for Marylanders with taxable incomes of $100,000 or more for individuals, or $150,000 or more for couples filing jointly, for tax years 1992, 1993 and 1994 only. The bill also authorizes Baltimore and the 23 counties to raise their maximum piggyback income tax rate from 50 to 60 percent. It diverts $50 million from the income tax increase to replenish the state's depleted Rainy Day Fund, and an additional $46 million in fiscal 1992 and $24 million more in fiscal 1995. Baltimore city and five rural counties -- Dorchester, Somerset, Caroline, Allegany and Garrett -- would receive $30 million through a formula pegged to how far those counties are below the per capita average income tax revenue. The city would receive $24 million of the total. It also provides for another $16.4 million to be used for special education placements for disabled children.

SENATE BILL 3: Raises the state's 18.5-cents-a-gallon gas tax to 23.5 cents, effective May 1. The tax on diesel fuel will rise by 2.5 cents a gallon on Jan. 1, 1993, and another 2.5 cents on July 1, 1993. It also authorizes the Motor Vehicle Administration to move to a biennial registration system, and adds an $8-per-vehicle registration surcharge, the proceeds to finance the state's Medevac operations. It establishes a tax of no more than 1 percent of the sales price on new "gas guzzler" cars, while a tax credit of no more than 1 percent will be awarded on fuel-efficient cars.

LEGISLATOR .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. SB1 .. SB2 .. SB3

SENATE

Amoss, William H., D-Harford .. .. .. Yes .. Yes .. Yes

Baker, Walter M., D-Cecil .. .. .. .. No ... No ... Yes

Blount, Clarence W., D-Baltimore . .. Yes .. Yes .. Yes

Boergers, Mary H., D-Montgomery .. .. Yes .. Yes .. Yes

Boozer, F. Vernon, R-Baltimore Co. .. No ... No ... No

Bromwell, Thomas L., D-Baltimore Co.. No ... No ... No

Cade, John A., R-Anne Arundel.. .. .. Yes .. Yes .. Yes

Collins, Michael J., D-Baltimore Co.. No ... No ... No

Della, George W. Jr., D-Baltimore. .. Yes .. Yes .. No

Denis, Howard A., R-Montgomery. .. .. Yes .. Yes .. Yes

Derr, John W., R-Frederick.. .. .. .. No ... No ... Yes

Dorman, Arthur, D-Prince George's. .. Yes .. Yes .. Yes

Fowler, Bernie, D-Calvert .. .. .. .. No ... No ... No

Freeman, Habern, D-Harford . .. .. .. No ... No ... No

Garrott, Idamae, D-Montgomery . .. .. Yes .. Yes .. Yes

Green, Leo E., D-Prince George's . .. Yes .. Yes .. Yes

Hafer, John, R-Allegany . .. .. .. .. No ... No ... No

Haines, Larry E., R-Carroll. .. .. .. No ... No ... No

Hoffman, Barbara A., D-Baltimore . .. Yes .. Yes .. Yes

Hollinger, Paula C., D-Baltimore Co.. No ... No ... No

Hughes, Ralph M., D-Baltimore . .. .. Yes .. Yes .. Yes

Irby, Nathan C. Jr., D-Baltimore . .. Yes .. Yes .. Yes

Jimeno, Philip, D-Anne Arundel. .. .. No ... No ... No

Lapides, Julian L., D-Baltimore .. .. No ... No ... No

Lawlah, Gloria, D-Prince George's. .. Yes .. Yes .. Yes

Levitan, Laurence, D-Montgomery .. .. Yes .. Yes .. Yes

Malkus, Frederick C. Jr., D-Dorchester No .. No ... No

McCabe, Christopher, R-Howard . .. .. No ... No ... Yes

Miedusiewski, American Joe, D-Baltimore Yes. Yes .. Yes

Miller, Thomas V. Mike Jr., D-PG . .. Yes .. Yes .. Yes

Munson, Donald F., R-Washington .. .. No ... No ... No

Murphy, Nancy L., D-Baltimore Co.. .. No ... No ... No

O'Reilly, Thomas P., D-Prince George's Yes . Yes .. Yes

Pica, John A. Jr., D-Baltimore. .. .. Yes .. Yes .. Yes

Piccinini, Janice, D-Baltimore Co. .. Yes .. Yes .. Yes

Ruben, Ida G., D-Montgomery. .. .. .. Yes .. Yes .. Yes

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