From the office of Del. Rick Impallaria:
As the 2010 General Assembly session comes to a close, first let me say that it has been an honor to represent you and be your voice of common sense in the House of Delegates.
The past eight years have been quite an eye-opener for me. I originally believed that the General Assembly as a body worked to protect and defend the citizens of the State of Maryland. What I have learned is that in reality they are working to have more control, power, and oversight into our everyday lives, and are more proficient in creating problems than in solving them.
Even though session ends tonight at midnight, we can already name some winners and losers. Let’s start with the WINNERS.
FELONS, including murders, rapists, and child molesters, whose voting rights have been restored and defended
GANGS, who have a strong voice in Annapolis protecting their rights to operate their criminal organizations
ILLEGAL ALIENS, who once again have been given funding by the State of Maryland. All legislation to crack down on them has been blocked.
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES, which will receive government subsidies at the expense of the ratepayers for their economically unproven methods of creating energy
TRIAL LAWYERS AND THE UNIONS have been given increased power and authority over business interests.
Now some of the LOSERS.
THE CHESAPEAKE BAY. Funding from the flush tax, which was intended to improve Bay quality, has been stolen to balance the budget, and no meaningful legislation to prevent runoff from major cities like Baltimore from polluting the Bay has been passed.
LAW ENFORCEMENT, which will see funding cuts, and who have had more regulations placed on them in order to defend and help the criminal element
BOTH LARGE AND SMALL BUSINESS, who, rather than being aided in creating jobs, are being hit with even more regulation, making it harder for them to operate and create jobs in the State
CHILDREN, who are always touted by the leadership of the majority party as coming first, but when it comes to protecting them from predators, they rank last in the General Assembly
VETERANS. Financially hard-pressed VFW’s and American Legion Posts depended on gambling machines for operating funds. These machines were peremptorily removed by county governments. Bills which would have permitted them to use them were killed. Funding bills for them were also killed.
THOSE WHO SUPPORT TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE AND THOSE WHO SUPPORT GAY MARRIAGE. Both sides of the issue are losers, because the General Assembly has refused to act in this matter, denying the electorate their say.
And finally THE TAXPAYERS OF THE STATE, who once again will have to give their hard-earned money and savings to fund this year’s budget.
A word about the budget. The powers-that-be promoted how they have reduced this year’s budget by $12 million from the previous year. But after the cameras and the media left, they immediately stuck the $12 million back in. It is part of the continuing shenanigans which go on in Annapolis.
Over the past eight years I have voted against the budget seven times. Having a family and a business, I clearly understood that the citizens of Maryland could not afford the continuing expansion of the budget. I knew seven years ago that the economy could not grow fast enough to sustain their spending.
At the end of the day, this year’s budget will be the same as last year’s, which needed cutting them. The major difference is that this budget is now being funded by raiding numerous special funds and by one-time federal dollars. There were a total of 56 funds raided, some of which are: Highway User Revenue, Bay Restoration Fund, University System of Maryland, Injured Workers’ Insurance Fund, Waterway Improvement Fund, Injured Workers’ Insurance Fund (State Liability Reserve), Ocean Beach Replenishment Fund (Local), Board of Physicians Fund, Injured Workers’ Insurance Fund (State Administrative Costs), and the Board of Nursing Fund. This means that next year whoever is Governor will have a tough job because the special funds will be gone and the federal money will be nonexistent.
In short, all this will result in higher taxes, so to vote for this budget was clearly a vote to raise taxes next year. That is why I voted against it.
I wish that I could bring you good news. Fortunately there is an election this year, and the citizens will have the opportunity to make some changes. Being a fiscal conservative in Annapolis is like being Custer at Little Big Horn.
Delegate, District 7
Baltimore and Harford Counties