During the recent special session in Annapolis, it wasn't just Republicans that were fighting tax increases.

Democrats, like myself, offered amendments to cut spending rather than raise taxes, and seven of us voted against the tax package.

The General Assembly had the audacity to raise taxes, while ending the budget year with a $207 million dollar surplus.

That's in addition to the $721 million that was set aside for the rainy day fund.

The knee-jerk reaction to raise taxes rather than live within our means shows a blatant disrespect for the business community in this state.

The healthy way to increase our state's revenues has to be by growing jobs. Taking from one class of people and giving to another only discourages businesses from making investment in Maryland.

State Sen. James Brochin

42nd Legislative District