Considering state of Maryland affairs

09/19/2014

Editor,

Let’s consider the state of affairs of Maryland. Gov. [Martin] O’Malley has shown that his philosophy of big government has turned Ehrlich’s billion dollar surplus into a deficit. He was so short of money that he needed to raid the transportation trust fund to the tune of $1.1 billion; and then spend it on non- transportation projects.

Ever wonder why the dangerous Route 113 in Worcester County is not finished? He is trying to recoup the money by levying other taxes on the rest of us (including businesses). Politicians need to understand that every increase to the cost of doing business in this state is passed on to consumers.

We pay, not the business directly. But when it becomes too expensive to do business in Maryland, businesses  leave and we have, not only unemployment, but we lose the goods and services that that business provided. Unemployed people absorb taxes, not pay them. Del. Mike McDermott understands all this as he has shown as mayor of Pocomoke and delegate in the Maryland House.

Maryland used to rank 25th of the nation’s business friendly states, we are now 42nd since O’Malley and Lt. Gov. Brown took over. Business friendly state ratings are: Delaware, 14; Pennsylvania, 19; West Virginia, 23; and Virginia, 27.

Maryland had 11 Fortune 500 Companies. Poultry operations were expanding. Only McCormick is left of the 11 companies. McCormick is now considering relocating to Pennsylvania. Oppressive requirements placed on our farmers have stifled the poultry industry’s growth.

Example: the “Chicken Tax” proposes a 5 percent chicken tax. The “Chicken Tax” affects 46,000 Maryland jobs. We have lost over 6,500 businesses. Unemployment has increased 75 percent and spending increased over $10 billion. Since he took office, 40 taxes have increased, including: the rain tax, sales tax, hospital bed tax, corporation tax, death and birth tax, tobacco tax, title tax, hotel rental and building excise taxes, higher tolls, the liquor tax, motor vehicle excise tax, and the flush tax has increased by 100 percent. This is nothing short of legalized extortion.

If O’Malley and our state legislatures needed money, they could have followed Pennsylvania’s extremely lucrative lead of drilling 54,347 wells for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale Formation, since 2003—with no problems.

Gasoline taxes go up every July 1. We, in this immediate area, are not yet affected by the rain tax, which ridiculously taxes you on how much rain rolls off your roof and driveway. I said, “not yet!” How do big box stores like Wal-Mart deal with a tax dependent on how large their roofs and parking lots are? They increase the cost of their goods. Once again, we pay.

We have also become a state very friendly to: illegal aliens, Common Core, (now disguised as Maryland College & Career Ready Standards), same sex marriage, Obama care ( leaving thousands without insurance), gun control, Agenda 21, and convicted felons. Why would people and businesses want to relocate in this state?

Dennis W Evans

Berlin

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