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Will Maryland do another tax hike in 2013?
More revenue needed to fund transportation
While leaders are expected to push for revenue as part of next year’s balancing act, critics contend that the state must do a better job of managing the revenue it already has.
“Evidently, O'Malley fails to realize that every dollar he takes out of a citizen’s pocket is a dollar taken away from a business and out of the economy,” said Senate Minority Leader E.J. Pipkin, Cecil Republican.
Republicans have mostly led the cries for deeper budget cuts and no tax increases, but they have been joined by some sympathetic Democrats including state Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot.
Mr. Franchot has criticized yearly revenue increases as an unsustainable strategy and said the state should instead cut spending and emphasize better efficiency in government.
He said the General Assembly previously tried to stabilize the economy with $1.4 billion in tax hikes during a 2007 special session, but the strategy failed.
“We’re repeating something which harms taxpayers and small businesses,” Mr. Franchot said. “We have a choice between treating the taxpayers as a bottomless pit of revenue or making the kinds of efficiencies and savings that everyone else in the state is.”
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