Skip to comments.Internal Affairs: Just where does East Bay Rep. Pete Stark live, anyway?
Posted on 03/22/2009 3:07:01 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Republicans danced on tabletops last week after Bloomberg News reported that longtime Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, claims a Maryland home as his "principal residence," thereby snaring a tax break.
"My message to Pete Stark," said Ron Nehring, chairman of the California Republican Party, "is that California is a wonderful place to visit and it's an even better place to live. He should try doing that.
"It's an outrage," Nehring added, "for someone to purport to represent California but take a tax deduction claiming that they don't live in California."
A senior member of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, Stark saved $3,853 in state and county taxes on a Maryland waterfront home in 2007 and 2008. But Maryland officials are now reviewing Stark's eligibility for the tax break; new rules require that property owners who qualify for the residential tax credits must use their homes for voting, obtaining a driver's license and filing income tax returns.
Stark votes in California and has a California license plate. But he told IA his family spends 70 percent of each year in Maryland, where the kids attend school.
Stark insists he's done nothing wrong. (And for the record, California law says the residence for its House members is determined by where they're registered to vote, Bloomberg reports.) Now that Maryland's rules have changed, Stark said, he supposes he'll be denied the residency tax breaks, along with other Beltway politicians who have long used them.
In an interview as he got on a plane to the East Bay for his monthly town meetings with constituents, Stark lobbed one back at the GOP, saying Republicans need some time out for a civics lesson.
(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...
Pete “Do as I say” Stark
Stark DID HAVE TO FILE a tax return to get this TAX CREDIT..
OK ..so that’s ONE!!!!
YO, COMRADE STARK !!!
I’m surprised that you can even SPELL CIVICS.. (unless you drive a HONDA)
IF A LIBERAL understood CIVICS, you’d also UNDERSTAND the first thing about Civics ...
A MAN”S WORD IS HIS BOND!! And His signature on a CONTRACT is even MORE SOLEMN.
You Libs seem to have forgotten that part ..
you marxist SCUMBAGS!!
Where does he pay state income taxes? California has one of the highest state income tax rates in the country and Maryland has one of the lowest. Income tax records are highly protected and you can only get them from the individual involved so he’d be pretty safe paying his tax in Maryland. He could declare the majority of the income as Maryland and pay a nominal amount to California so he’d have a Ca tax filing.
Geez...and it just keeps piling up!
DIMs are all about “do as I say, not as I do”!
Isn’t Stark the only admitted atheist in Congress. So it’s not as if he thinks he has to answer to a higher authority or anything like that.
Congressman Wexler, Florida, had the same problem back a few year’s ago. Wexler used his in-laws Florida address as his residency but lived with his family in their home in Maryland. O’Reilly was all over that one. But the law was not broken, just looked bad.
Stark is a tax cheat, however you slice it.
*”My message to Pete Stark,” said Ron Nehring, chairman of the California Republican Party, “is that California is a wonderful place to visit and it’s an even better place to live. He should try doing that.*
Nehring is picking them off, look out, whose next.
I have nothing but contempt for the POS Stark.
I think the tax laws WERE broken, but hey, wexler is a Democrat, so what’s new.
So what do you think will happen?? Answer=Nothing.
Democrats giving Republicans civics lessons? HA!
Maryland “Freak State” PING!
But he might be a bigger cheat than we know. You know they kind that gets kicked out of congress. Even without it he may have done enough to be forced (assuming someone could do the court challenge and push it in the House) out of office. If he paid his income taxes in Maryland or paid the majority of them there it would be the final nail in his coffin.
His California voter registration application should also be reviewed to see what address he used as his residence.