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Letter to the Editor - March 8

March 08, 2013

Gas tax hike will hurt hard-working Marylanders

To the editor:

Gov. Martin O’Malley has once again gone out of his way to target middle- and working-class Marylanders with a historic and unnecessary tax hike that will put even more Marylanders out of work.

While our neighbors in Virginia are lowering their statewide gas tax and instituting a more regional approach for regional transportation funding, O’Malley has decided to double down and institute a near 50 percent hike on gas taxes aimed at hard-working Marylanders from rural and suburban Maryland in order to fund mass transit programs that benefit a small number of Maryland citizens. And all of this with no assurances that O’Malley will not raid the Transportation Trust Fund to balance the budget as he has done so many times before.

O’Malley’s tax hike is aimed directly at middle- and working-class Marylanders who are forced to drive long distances to their jobs thanks to the inability and unwillingness of O’Malley and legislative Democrats to come up with business-friendly proposals that stimulate job creation in Maryland.

Sadly, O’Malley’s proposal is just another in a long line of poor decisions that has driven jobs and young Marylanders to neighboring states, helping the governor earn his poor marks on budgeting, taxation and leadership from a recent Washington Post poll.

In 2014, Maryland must do better, and the Maryland Young Republicans are ready to do what it takes to bring Maryland responsible leaders we can be proud of.

Brian Griffiths, chairman
Maryland Young Republicans

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