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February 14, 2010
I was not surprised in theory that Michael Steele, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, said recently that "a million dollars was not a lot of money" in a disucssion at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He was responding to President Obama's plan to let Bush tax cuts expire for families making over $250,000 a year. I am surprised, however, that Mr. Steele had the nerve to say this out loud. Given that so many people are out of work, how could he say "a million dollars is not a lot of money?"
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NEWS
July 28, 2014
Maybe if President Obama had reached out to the GOP back in 2010 and incorporated several of their requests - tort reform, interstate insurance competition, tax cuts - he would have had more bipartisan support and we would not be seeing the reaction by the GOP now. It is called "tone from the top" and Mr. Obama is getting back what he started and continued for the past four years. If he had acted as president of us all and included some GOP requests we would not be in this adversarial situation today.
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NEWS
September 16, 2010
I support the Obama administration's proposal to extend Bush tax cuts except the ones applying to the top 2 percent of earners, who average $8 million per year in earnings. To extend millionaires' tax cuts would cost the treasury over $700 billion in the next decade, an increase in national debt that would be unacceptable. Eliminating the tax cuts on the nation's wealthiest would return their tax burden to what it was under President Clinton, the last president who gave us job growth and a balanced budget.
NEWS
June 27, 2014
So the primaries are over and a tiny fraction of the voters have chosen a retread of the O'Malley administration to run against a corporate Republican offering us the same old nostrums - tax cuts for businesses and the wealthy - that have failed America for the last 34 years ( "The race is on: Hogan, Brown begin sparring in contest for governor," June 25). How boring and predictable. Voters had a real choice this year in Del. Heather Mizeur's gubernatorial candidacy, but sadly not enough of them bothered to make the 10-minute visit to their polling station to cast a vote that would have made a difference.
NEWS
May 30, 2012
In his column, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.neglects to identify the real causes of the nation's debt ("Debt without end?" May 27). It is due to financing two wars off the budget and by providing welfare - the Bush tax cuts - to the 1-percenters that are the real causes. In his ignorance, he praises Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal which the CBO has analyzed and found financially irresponsible. Additionally, he is ready and willing to throw granny over the cliff because she will not be able to purchase a cost-effective medical insurance policy using a voucher.
NEWS
July 16, 2012
Sure is encouraging to hear Senate Democrats supporting reducing taxes for small businesses by $29 billion until you realize they want to cut taxes for only those businesses that hire new workers, or give their current workers raises, or invest in new equipment this year. They believe this will encourage businesses - especially small ones - to hire again. Not likely. From the fourth quarter of 2007, when the recession officially began, to the end of 2009 (official end of the recession)
NEWS
December 2, 2010
Regarding the Congressional Republicans' threat to stall all legislation until tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent are extended, I say to the president, hell no. Thank heaven there are still grown ups in the White House and Senate to deny all this foolishness. Jack Kinstlinger, Baltimore
NEWS
September 13, 2010
Finally, a sign that Congressional Republicans may have some flexibility after all. House Minority Leader John A. Boehner's recent disclosure that he'd be willing to vote for President Barack Obama's proposed tax break for families earning $250,000 or less demonstrates that a compromise over Bush-era tax policy is possible. It appears Mr. Boehner has recognized that outrage and extremism only gets you so far. The GOP's all-or-nothing approach to tax cuts — reminiscent of the party's oppose-at-all-costs philosophy toward the president's agenda generally — wasn't going to play well with working class Americans.
NEWS
September 14, 2010
In your recent editorial ("Compromise possible on tax cuts", Sept. 13), you claim that "Democrats want to preserve the cuts for the middle class but oppose extending the tax break to the wealthy, and rightly so. What was a mistake in 2001 would be just as great a mistake today. " You fail to explain is why this is "rightly so" and why this would be a "mistake. " Is it because you believe the oft-repeated fallacy that tax cuts have to be "funded," or because you actually believe your own rhetoric about the GOP only caring about tax breaks for the rich?
NEWS
June 24, 2012
I want to applaud the House of Delegates members who stood up for Marylanders and opposed the tax cuts for casino operators ("Slots déjà vu," June 21). While the governor seems perplexed by this issue, the matter is quite clear. You can't cut taxes for wealthy individuals while you just raised them on everyone else. Dels. Sheila Hixon, Pete Hammen and Frank Turner and House Speaker Michael E. Busch should be thanked by the people of Maryland for standing up for what is right.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
First in a series of profiles of candidates for governor Republican Larry Hogan isn't pledging to turn deep-blue Maryland red if he's elected governor. He doesn't even hold out much hope for purple. He just thinks that if he can win his party's primary, he can beat the Democratic nominee and fundamentally change the way the state does business. Since becoming the last Republican to jump into the 2014 governor's race in January, he has surged past his three rivals in both fundraising and the polls.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
The Anne Arundel County Council approved a spending plan Friday that includes a small property tax break and funding for teacher raises, more police officers and firefighters and additional grants to nonprofit groups. The $1.35 billion operating budget and $242.5 million capital budget go into effect July 1 and will include a property tax cut of 0.7 cents per $100 of assessed value, which amounts to savings of $18.59 per year on a typical county home worth $265,500. The county's income tax and water, sewer and trash rates remain the same.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
In their only scheduled debate on Baltimore television, the four Republican candidates for governor depicted Maryland as overtaxed and overspent under a Democratic administration, creating a climate in which businesses are fleeing to neighboring states. In the debate, taped Monday afternoon for broadcast Friday, David R. Craig, Ron George, Larry Hogan and Charles Lollar offered a grim assessment of the state's economic outlook as the second and final term of Gov. Martin O'Malley comes to an end. "Businesses are leaving in droves - to go to Virginia, to Delaware, to West Virginia, to other states," said Hogan, 58, a former Ehrlich administration official, who said the state's "onerous" tax policy is to blame.
NEWS
May 24, 2014
Republican Ron George releases the first commercial in his campaign for governor, an introductory spot that also chronicles his opposition to tax increases. What the ad says : George a two-term state delegate from Anne Arundel County, is shown with family members and at a jewelry store he owns in Annapolis. In one frame, he is with former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., who is raising an arm and smiling, though Ehrlich has not endorsed anyone in the race for governor. "He did not aspire to be in government, but when his community called, he stepped up to the plate," a voice-over says.
NEWS
May 18, 2014
When Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown stood before a room full of community development activists on Monday, he ticked off a list of promises of what he would do if he's elected governor this fall, as did the candidates who appeared before and after him. But he included this challenge: Go to my website, read my position papers, and don't stop until you get to the bottom. There, he said, you can find detailed estimates of how much all of his promises cost and how he would pay for them. Give him credit for the first part - almost all of his position papers (and there are a lot of them)
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan said Tuesday night that he would focus on controlling Maryland's spending before moving to roll back what he called the "40 consecutive tax increases" adopted under Gov. Martin O'Malley. Appearing at a Baltimore Sun Newsmaker Forum, Hogan told more than two dozen attendees reigning in the growth of government has to come before some of the ambitious tax-cutting plans advanced by his Republican opponents. "What we will first do is get spending under control," Hogan said, adding that spending has grown by $10 billion during O'Malley's two terms as governor.
NEWS
November 18, 2010
I urge fellow Marylanders to contact their senators and representatives concerning the Bush tax cuts. Extending them for the middle class makes sense because those dollars will be spent immediately for the basics of life. However, extending them for the wealthiest Americans makes no sense, especially since this only adds to our national debt. During our economic crisis, the wealthiest Americans have increased their income more than enough to offset the loss of having their tax cut ended.
NEWS
September 19, 2011
I've had it with the crocodile tears shed by conservatives over Social Security being a Ponzi scheme. Social Security has never missed a payment to any entitled beneficiary since its inception. Their payments to beneficiaries represent no more future indebtedness than veterans' benefits, salaries and pensions for federal workers or congressmen, or funds to fix highways. The only time the government might have defaulted on these was last month when the same conservatives held the government hostage over the debt ceiling in order to maintain Bush era tax cuts for the rich.
NEWS
April 15, 2014
Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan's recent commentary in The Sun proves one thing: There won't be a Republican governor in Maryland in our time, thankfully ( "Anti-business as usual," April 11). It amazes me that the Republicans still haven't come up with an original thought since 1980 - and let's face it, even in 1980 they had some pathetically lame ideas. When will these guys learn that tax cuts for the rich only make the rich richer? They don't help our most vulnerable or increase tax revenues, and they certainly don't create jobs.
NEWS
February 20, 2014
A consensus is emerging among Maryland Republicans that a top priority for the state's economic development is to reduce the state's income tax rates or even to eliminate the tax entirely. They argue that Maryland's taxes have gone up far too much during the administration of Gov. Martin O'Malley and that the income tax in particular is driving people, businesses and jobs to other states. Unspoken in this line of reasoning is that the individual income tax is the most progressive levy we have and that eliminating it would disproportionately benefit the wealthy while diminishing the availability of services that the public broadly depends on. Republicans in the House of Delegates are backing a plan that would cut income tax rates by 10 percent over three years, and this week, Harford County Executive David Craig, a Republican candidate for governor, pitched a proposal to drop the top rate to 4.25 percent and increase the personal exemption from $3,200 to $5,000, as the first phase in an eventual elimination of the tax. (Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles Lollar has also called for the elimination of the income tax, but he has not yet provided the details.)
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