Vote 'no' to Md. tax increase

If the state budget that is to be voted on this week in Annapolis is so important, then why did Gov.Martin O'Malley have the General Assembly spend the first half of the regular legislative session debating and then voting on the same-sex marriage legislation instead of doing "the very important job" (in the governor's words) of the budget?

This is a total waste of the taxpayers money. We should stick with the so-called "doomsday" budget. In these hard economic times, we should be looking to reduce spending, not increase it by over $1 billion. Until we can answer where the money from the Transportation Trust Fund as well as the Rainy Day Fund went, we should not refund these funds.

The tunnels and bridges in Maryland operate a huge profit and, in fact, lend money to other agencies. Why did we increase tolls? Some of the proposed tax increases are going to be very harmful to the taxpayers of Maryland, particularly for those earning more than $100,000 and certain small businesses.

Maybe this will be the straw that breaks the camel's back and the voters of Maryland will finally wake up and make this a two-party state where it would be harder for this to happen.

Stuart Tamres, Reisterstown

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