Skip to comments.Miller pushes for a broader tax increase in Maryland budget talks
Posted on 04/24/2012 4:40:31 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
ANNAPOLIS Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. is pushing for broader income-tax increases and a last-ditch attempt at expanding gambling as lawmakers look toward a possible special session, but the House appears reluctant to embrace either proposal.
Mr. Miller will meet Tuesday with Gov. Martin O'Malley and House Speaker Michael E. Busch to discuss the scope of a potential special session, during which the General Assembly likely would pass several tax and revenue increases to cancel out $512 million in cuts resulting from their failure to pass the increases at the regular sessions close.
Mr. Miller is waging an uphill battle to bring back a failed gambling bill during the special session. He upped the ante Friday by asking that the House back off its stance on income-tax increases and accept a set of Senate-proposed hikes that would dig deeper into the states middle class.
During the regular session, the Senate proposed income-tax increases on virtually all taxpayers. But the House insisted that any hikes affect the states wealthier class only single residents with taxable income greater than $100,000 and couples with taxable income greater than $150,000.
The House won the battle as representatives from both chambers agreed to honor its income thresholds. But legislation putting the tax increase in place did not pass before the assemblys April 9 adjournment.
The new proposal from Mr. Miller, Prince Georges Democrat, would modify the agreement by raising taxes on singles making more than $75,000 in taxable income and couples making more than $125,000.
His offer surprised some House members who said they expected both chambers to honor the agreement that was struck during the regular session.
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Maryland “Freak State” PING!
So anyone? When will the politicians eventually get to the point of as the old joke went... How much do you make? Send it in.
My poor kid is about to move from lovely Virgina to stinking lefty Maryland.
Gotta do it for the j.o.b. (which is a good one).
Sigh, I feel bad about it though.