It appears that Maryland lawmakers think that Maryland voters work for them; they have raised taxes and fees 80 times on Gov. Martin O'Malley's watch ("House rejects bid to block pay raises," April 1)

There are a lot of Marylanders who work full-time jobs and make less than $43,500 dollars a year. In the private sector the employer, like Maryland voters, decides if an employee deserves a raise.

Let's not forget that if these lawmakers are so unhappy with their salaries, why do they spend millions of dollars to get elected and re-elected? Some have made careers of 20 or 30 years as lawmakers.

It is time for Marylanders to say they work for us, and that we want to decide if they deserve a raise.

J. Heming, Baltimore

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