From the offices of Del. Rick Impallaria:
Annapolis Update Number One
January 11, 2012. First day back on the job.
Report on Governor O’Malley’s Priorities.
Plan Maryland. Plan Maryland claims to have four goals.
Goal 1. Achieve 90% new dwelling units in priority funding areas. What this is really doing is forcing people to live in urban communities, using tax dollars to subsidize the building of communities in areas where people don’t want to live and stripping property rights away from a large number of Marylanders by creating
new laws that make it impossible for cost-effective development or improvement of properties.
Goal 2. Restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay. In reality, the Chesapeake Bay will be used as a pawn to increase taxes and fees and once again impair the ability of Marylanders to enjoy and develop their personal property. The lion’s share of the money is being funneled into other projects which will produce no improvement in the
Bay and will continue the failed policies of the past 40 years which has shown no achievements in protecting the Bay.
Goal 3. Double transit ridership by 2020. Forcing people out of their vehicles into public transportation through numerous methods such as driving up the cost of fuel and fees attached to private ownership of vehicles to make it no longer cost-effective for the lower middle class to be able to afford ownership and use of their own
Goal 4. Reduce Maryland’s greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020. In short, this means implementing rules and fees that will drive even more jobs and more industry out of the State of Maryland.
Over my past 10 years in the General Assembly, I have seen all of these goals attempted in numerous ways but never have I seen them being joined together as one piece of legislation and being pushed so vigorously by the extreme left that represents Maryland citizens.
Sustainable growth and wastewater disposal is another of the Governor’s priorities. In short, its purpose is to eventually outlaw and ban all septic systems in the State of Maryland, which will strip property rights of people in rural areas to develop and enjoy their land, requiring that if the property owner even attempts to make improvements to their property, they will first have to replace their existing septic system with costly and unproven nutrient management systems. I do not see this as a good policy for the State.
Wind Energy. The Governor is once again pushing down the road to wind energy, which can only exist through subsidies, driving up the cost of energy for everyone in the State of Maryland.
Budget. They say that a 15-cent a gallon fuel tax is needed to replace the money that was stolen out of the transportation fund (which they plan to continue stealing out of the transportation fund even after a 15-cent tax is implemented). The good news is that the Senate President says that he wants to reduce fuel taxes by reducing the 15-cents a gallon tax to a 5-cents per gallon tax, but that still
sounds like a 5-cents a gallon tax increase to me, but apparently not to those who run the “Land of Pleasant Living.”
Gay marriage. Don’t forget the topic on the top of the Governor’s list — support of gay marriage. The gay marriage he said he did not support before the election, but now that the elections are over, he has changed his position and wants Maryland to fall in line with the few other states that have passed some type of gay marriage legislation.
I wish all of this was not true, but, sad to say, I believe this is without a doubt the worst General Assembly Session that I will have to participate in.
If you have any questions, or need any information on any of this legislation, please do not hesitate to contact my office and, as you probably have already judged by my statements, I will not be supporting the Governor’s initiatives for the 2012 General Assembly Session.
God help us all!
410-841-3289 – (Annapolis Office)