From the office of Del. Kathy Szeliga:
Wednesday, a group of Freshman Republican House members released the findings of a recent Gonzales poll showing that statewide a clear majority, 63%, of both Republicans and Democrats say they pay too much in taxes. An astonishing 96% of Marylanders believe they pay too much or the right amount of taxes – with only 4% feeling they pay too little in taxes.
In a press conference with other GOP freshman today, Delegate Kathy Szeliga (Baltimore and Harford Counties) commented, “After a year in Annapolis we realize that this place is run by tax-aholics. We freshman are here to offer a 12 step recovery plan to our colleagues, giving strength to the weak. We commissioned a Gonzales poll which shows an overwhelming majority of Marylanders are opposed to new taxes.” Szeliga continued, “Families are struggling today and they sent us here with one message – we cannot afford to pay more taxes and fees.” This poll was released as the leadership in Annapolis is pushing a hike in the gas tax with a bill expected any day.
Delegate Michael Hough (Frederick and Washington Counties) said, “These results clearly show that Marylanders are already overburdened by the constant tax increases from the leadership in Annapolis. For far too long, the answer to every problem in Maryland has been for politicians in Annapolis to dig deeper into the already stretched thin family wallets.” Many in attendance at the State House wore pins saying, “We are the 96%,” representing the number of Marylanders who already pay enough taxes.
Delegate Neil Parrott (Washington County), talked about one of the new taxes being proposed, “The App Tax – there is a new 6% tax proposed on I-tunes, songs and Apps for your cell phones. I wonder if they will have to come out with an app for that tax!” Delegate Steve Hershey, who represents the Eastern Shore, pointed out that the shore residents have already been hit hard by the massive toll increases on the Bay Bridge and the proposed gas tax would break the backs of Eastern Shore families and businesses.
The 15 House GOP Freshman have solidly unified behind this message. “Our fragile economy simply cannot recover under a tax and spend policy. We will not enable the tax-aholics in the House of Delegates to continue down this road. The people of Maryland have spoken – Just say no to new taxes.”
Fighting the good fight for you in Annapolis!
Thanks for your support and prayers,
Delegate Kathy Szeliga