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No thanks to Democrats for killing Hogan's tax cuts for retirees

No thanks to Democrats for killing Hogan's tax cuts for retirees
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan delivers the State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 in Annapolis. Washington Post photo by Bill O'Leary. (Bill O'Leary / The Washington Post)

I want to thank the Maryland Democrats for once again watching over us by rejecting the tax break proposals of Gov. Larry Hogan (“How is Md. going to pay for Kirwan? Not by cutting taxes,” Mar. 8).

Coverage in The Sun said the cuts would have deprived Maryland pf $17.5 million in fiscal year 2020 and grown to $56.4 million by fiscal year 2024. Additionally, the proposed tax break for military income was rejected because it would deprive Maryland of $27.5 million by fiscal year 2024.

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Thank you Maryland Democrats for telling all of us in Maryland the value you place on retired Marylanders. As a retired person living in Maryland, I have to constantly be reminded that the income I generated via hard and steady work isn’t really mine. Instead, the proceeds of my efforts are seen as the property and gains of the state.

Thanks Maryland Democrats for bringing me back to reality. The political golden rule appears to be “taxpayers earn and generate revenue; politicians take and spend that revenue for their projects.” I keep forgetting how that works. Senile perhaps?

I understand that the tax break that I and other retirees would have received is small and in the overall scheme of things rather insignificant. The value of that tax break probably equates to a nice dinner out or some other form of recreational reward for years vested toward a comfortable retirement. I once again say thanks Maryland Democrats for reminding me of how selfish I must be. How can I justify wanting my trivial retirement tax break when you can take that tiny amount and combine it with retirement tax breaks from all other Maryland retirees to produce millions of dollars for your political causes? How self-centered I must be to deprive you of that funding.

Thanks Maryland Democrats for your constant reminders of what you really think of Maryland retirees and citizens in general.

Rick Schimpf, Pasadena

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