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November 11, 2010
President Obama's bipartisan deficit reduction commission is calling for cuts in Social Security benefits. ("Deficit plan spreads the pain,", Nov 11). This recommendation will appeal to many conservatives. Why is it that conservatives who cry bloody murder at any mention of increased taxes are happy about reduced Social Security benefits? Reducing benefits takes money out of people's pockets just like raising taxes. The effect of reduced benefits is exactly like a new income tax, except that it only applies to retired people.
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NEWS
October 4, 2010
In a letter to the editor on Oct. 4, "Andy Harris won't raise taxes," a reader claimed that Rep. Frank Kratovil's vote in favor of clean energy was in fact the "largest single tax increase ever. " This is simply false. Millions of lower income families would actually save money as a result of his vote. Maryland should be proud to have a Congressman like Frank Kratovil who stood up to Big Oil and voted for the House-passed American Clean Energy and Security Act that would help create over 26,000 clean energy jobs in Maryland and increase our energy independence.
NEWS
September 30, 2010
By now, we have all heard "independent" Rep. Frank Kratovil's nasty attack ad against state Sen. Andy Harris, implying that Mr. Harris is pushing hard to pass a 23 percent national sales tax. This is ridiculous!! Mr. Harris has made it clear that he is dead set against raising taxes of any kind, and his voting record proves it. Please look it up for yourself. He has steadfastly voted against higher taxes for the past 12 years as a Maryland state senator. Mr. Harris has never even once voted to increase our taxes, nor will he. Has Frank Kratovil signed the Americans for Tax Reform's Taxpayer Protection Pledge?
NEWS
By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2010
In the first television advertisement of his reelection campaign, Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley invited viewers back to his first year in office. Faced with a deficit left by Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., the spot said, O'Malley was forced to cut spending. Ehrlich, now running to win his job back, remembers the transition differently. He says he handed his successor a billion-dollar surplus — money Ehrlich says O'Malley then frittered away, before passing a historic tax increase.
NEWS
July 23, 2010
The "dime-a-drink" liquor tax increase is an important measure and a fair way to raise money for critical public services. With this economic downturn and many people searching for public support for the first time, I think we're all a little more aware of how important a strong safety net can be in helping families stay afloat and make ends meet. Cutting these programs right now is not a viable option if we want a swift economic recovery in Maryland. I believe this tax can improve our state by reducing underage drinking and helping to expand health care coverage to low-income working families.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2010
As the Howard County Council moves closer to approving a tight Ulman administration budget for fiscal 2011, Republicans are raising the specter of a Democrat-led tax increase if that party retains its political power in November's election. The GOP wants a charter change to make it harder to raise taxes. But Democrats, who hold the executive's post as well as four of the five County Council seats, say they've managed to ride through the recession without raising general tax rates.
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By Julie Scharper | January 10, 2010
As the city teeters under prodigious budget shortfalls, raising property taxes might appear to be a tempting option for the new mayor. But nothing could be more harmful to the city, said Baltimore-based economist Anirban Basu. "Any increase to the city's tax rate would accelerate the exodus of taxpayers from Baltimore City and damage the city's ability to sustain its tax base," said Basu, the chief executive of Sage Policy Group, an economic and consulting firm. Rather, Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake must make painful cuts to services - downsizing city government at all levels - and generate revenue by creating a land bank to expedite the sale of vacant properties, Basu said.
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