The wolf has now shed his sheep's clothing. Keeping with traditional politics, Gov. O'Malley has proposed his mid-term huge tax increase package as part of his 2012 budget.
It is unconscionable that the governor would propose such an array of significant tax increases during this period of unprecedented economic turmoil that has negatively affected so many Marylanders. From limiting income tax deductions at income levels far lower than President Obama is proposing, to doubling the "flush tax," to adding a 6 percent tax to every gallon of gasoline, as just a few examples, the governor seems really committed to making Maryland Number One! The number one highest taxed state in the union that is, up from our current number five status.
Where are the governor's proposals for limiting spending? With our transportation infrastructure such a high priority, why, at Gov. O'Malley's direction, has the transportation fund been used during previous years to fund other than transportation projects within Maryland? Austere times call for strict accountability and living within our means.
Even though the governor has nothing to lose by proposing a typical Democratic tax-and-spend budget (he cannot be re-elected for a consecutive third term in 2014), the members of Maryland's General Assembly are at greater political risk.
I must live within my means every day and so should our state. I expect our elected representatives to execute their fiduciary responsibility to the taxpayers of Maryland and ensure that the governor's proposed major tax increases are not approved. What this state needs is greater fiscal restraint and reduced but intelligent spending, not higher taxes.
Jonathan E. Miller