The Maryland General Assembly’s newest Republican delegates said Wednesday a statewide poll they commissioned shows most Marylanders don’t want higher taxes.
The group, including two delegates who represent Washington County, wore buttons that read, “We are the 96%,” referring to the percentage of survey respondents who said their tax burden is either too high or just right.
Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies Inc. conducted the poll from Jan. 9-15 for Del. Kathy Szeliga, R-Harford/Baltimore County.
Del. Neil C. Parrott, R-Washington, and Del. Michael J. Hough, R-Frederick/Washington, were among the GOP delegates calling for fiscal cuts instead of higher taxes.
“After a year in Annapolis, we realize that this place is run by taxaholics,” Szeliga said. “We freshmen have a 12-step recovery plan which we’re going to offer to give strength to the weak.”
One legislator said after a news conference in the State House that the House Republican Caucus, as it has done in past years, plans to offer an alternate budget plan this year focusing on spending cuts.