The predicted increased tax bite suffered by Maryland taxpayers this year is finally here, as described by Andrew M. Schaufele of the Bureau of Revenue Estimates (“As Marylanders do their taxes, many are asking: Why’d I get such a big tax hike?” Feb. 15). I have been discussing the issue with Howard County and other state Democratic elected officials trying to understand why they let this happen and have been extremely disappointed with their responses.
I generally am a strong supporter of Democratic candidates, but they let me down on this year's tax increase. Del. Eric Ebersole, who represents Baltimore and Howard counties (District 12), told me they did what they could by increasing the standard deduction $1,000 for married filers (a fraction of the increase for middle and upper income taxpayers) but couldn't accurately predict the amount of the increased taxes and therefore couldn't reduce them. And he is on the subcommittee that handles taxation.
Del. Terri L. Hill (also District 12) told me to talk to Delegate Ebersole because she wasn't sure about the details and hadn't followed the issue closely. Former state Sen. Richard Madaleno of Montgomery County (District 18) was similarly dismissive, telling me "we did the best we could."
Maryland taxpayers are rightfully unhappy. If state legislators want to increase taxes, then they should be upfront and make their positions clear. I suggest each concerned taxpayer let their elected officials know of their displeasure and demand action to correct this tax hike in Maryland.