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Letter to the Editor - April 12

April 12, 2013

Be glad that General Assembly session has ended

To the editor:

With the Maryland General Assembly having adjourned, I think we should all look up to heaven and thank God they’re going home.

Never before have Maryland’s elected leaders done so much collective damage to the livelihood of our citizens. Every day, Gov. Martin O’Malley and legislative leadership railroaded one reckless policy after another without a moment’s thought about the true impact of their policies on middle- and working-class Marylanders.

During the last 90 days, the General Assembly has time and time again gone after the interests and the will of the people of Maryland to implement a far-left agenda that will continue to harm our state’s economy and provide diminishing job prospects for all Marylanders, particularly those young professionals who are looking for their first jobs. With the increase in the gas tax and the creation of the Rain Tax, consumers will be hit twice with higher taxes, first through direct taxation and then secondarily from businesses passing the rate hike onto their customers through higher prices. People are going to have less money to spend, and people are going to lose their jobs.

Additionally, Maryland has taken a giant step backward in the realm of public safety. Instead of enacting common-sense reforms to increase policing and keep criminals behind bars, O’Malley led a charge to instead infringe upon the basic civil liberties of all Marylanders through far-reaching restrictions on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. Through his actions, O’Malley has made it harder for average Marylanders to defend themselves while also not taking affirmative steps to actually solve gun crime.

The 2013 Maryland General Assembly Session proved one thing; O’Malley and the Maryland Democratic Party do not have the best interests of average and middle-class Marylanders at heart. Our state deserves better than this.

Brian Griffiths, chairmain
Maryland Young Republicans

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