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Leggett Offers Alternative To O'Malley Tax Proposal
Washington Post ^ | November 1, 2007 | Philip Rucker

Posted on 11/01/2007 7:13:34 AM PDT by 3AngelaD

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett will present an alternative personal income tax plan to Maryland lawmakers today that would tax the state's highest earners at a rate one percentage point lower than Gov. Martin O'Malley has proposed. Lawmakers from Montgomery have voiced concern that O'Malley's proposal to redistribute the tax burden to Maryland's most affluent residents would affect Montgomery more than any other jurisdiction and threaten the economic interests of the state's largest and wealthiest county....

Under Leggett's alternative, single filers reporting taxable income above $500,000 and joint filers reporting a combined taxable income above $1 million would be taxed at a 5.5 percent rate. In O'Malley's plan, high-end earners would be taxed at a 6.5 percent rate. Leggett's plan would create seven brackets, compared with five under O'Malley's proposal, with tax rates starting at 2 percent...

Under the proposal by O'Malley (D), the wealthiest residents in Montgomery would pay an almost 10 percent rate, when the county's 3.2 percent levy is factored in. This would surpass Virginia's top rate of 5.75 percent and the District's top rate of 8.5 percent, which Leggett and Montgomery lawmakers fear would put their county at a competitive disadvantage...But not all Montgomery legislators embrace the...alternative. Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery) said that...her "top priority is not making sure rich people aren't going to have to pay extra taxes."

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TOPICS: Government; Political Humor/Cartoons; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: confiscatorytaxes; karma; montgomerycounty; omalley
Montgomery County elected O'Malley. Now they can suck it up and take their medicine. They knew when they elected him he was going to raise their taxes spectacularly. Taxes in Maryland already are a disgrace. And now the governor not only wants to raise the state income tax, but he also wants to raise the corporate income tax rate from 7 percent to 8 percent; increase the sales tax rate from 5 percent to 6 percent; raise the vehicle titling tax by 20 percent; double the cigarette tax to $2 a pack. Never has there been a suggestion to CUT SPENDING.
1 posted on 11/01/2007 7:13:36 AM PDT by 3AngelaD
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To: 3AngelaD
Lets not forget that he also wants to put a 6 percent sales tax on home purchases. Heard that on the radio this moring while driving to work. So if you buy a 300,000 home you will be required to pay 18,000 in taxes when you close the deal.

Needless to say the real estate folks are up in arms about it also.

2 posted on 11/01/2007 7:53:15 AM PDT by Post-Neolithic (Money only makes Communists rich Communists)
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To: Post-Neolithic
After checking online, guess I need to do that more often now, it's not the home sale he wants to tax it's the "Property management", whatever that is supposed to mean. Guess if you pay a monthly fee to your housing assoc. you will get taxed on that also.

And raising the cigarette tax by another $1 will sure help all those low income people that decided to vote for party instead of stand. People that voted for O'Malley are getting their just deserts in my opinion.

3 posted on 11/01/2007 8:02:54 AM PDT by Post-Neolithic (Money only makes Communists rich Communists)
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To: 3AngelaD

Perhaps there are lots of teachers and other state/local government workers in Montgomery County. In 2006, Maryland passed a 30% increase in defined benefit pensions for teachers, retroactive to 1998. Billions for government workers, pain for everyone else. Tax increases for government pensions and health care are coming to a state near you.


4 posted on 11/01/2007 8:48:35 AM PDT by businessprofessor
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To: Post-Neolithic

Forgot about the home purchase tax. Another nail in Maryland’s coffin, where there already is a real estate crunch.


5 posted on 11/01/2007 8:50:14 AM PDT by 3AngelaD (They screwed up their own countries so bad they had to leave, and now they're here screwing up ours)
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To: 3AngelaD; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Don’t blame me; I voted for Ehrhead.

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


6 posted on 11/01/2007 5:32:37 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Repeal the Terrible Two - the 16th and 17th Amendments. Sink LOST! Stop SPP!)
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To: Post-Neolithic

Would this tax be on new homes or all homes?


7 posted on 11/01/2007 5:33:10 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Repeal the Terrible Two - the 16th and 17th Amendments. Sink LOST! Stop SPP!)
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To: Post-Neolithic

If O’Malice is merely taxing HOA fees, I have nothing to worry about, since I have no People’s Republic of Homeowners Government where I live.


8 posted on 11/01/2007 5:34:15 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Repeal the Terrible Two - the 16th and 17th Amendments. Sink LOST! Stop SPP!)
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