From Del. Rick Impallaria:
Annapolis Update #2 – Jan. 31, 2012
Last night on Lawyer’s Mall in front of the State House, over 2000 people came to a rally in support of protecting marriage as being between a man and a woman, and to oppose same-sex marriage. The opposition was overwhelming.
It is the first time in my 10 years in Annapolis that I saw such a large group of people who came from all walks of life, all religious faiths and from all corners of the State, to protect our families and support the sanctity of traditional marriage. The greatest thanks for this has to go to the African-American churches, which brought busloads of their parishioners, and which has vigorously lobbied the General Assembly to make sure that their voices for family values were heard, and heard strongly. There was great anger over the Governor’s wife’s comment that gay marriage would have passed had it not been for a “few cowards.” I, for one, do not believe standing up for your constituents and your religious beliefs in any way makes me, or anyone else who supports traditional marriage, a coward. So, if Mrs. O’Malley believes it takes cowardice to do the right thing, I’m proud to be called one of her cowards.
Meanwhile, Governor O’Malley does not seem to be happy with a proposed 15 cents per gallon gas tax hike. Instead, he wants 6% on a dollar, which, at this time, would equate an 18 cent a gallon gas tax. Right now, the tax on gas is based per gallon. Gas pumps do not have the ability to put a percentage-per-dollar on the pump, which means that if this piece of legislation were passed, every gas pump in the State of Maryland would be obsolete and would have to be replaced. I find it hard to believe that people still pull up to the gas pump and believe that the economy is getting better, with fuel prices nearing $2.00 a gallon higher than they were when Obama and O’Malley took office. And remember that Governor O’Malley is a lame-duck Governor, which means he no longer has to answer to the citizens of Maryland, but instead, he is playing to an extreme left, liberal audience across the United States for an opportunity to run for a higher office.
Locally, in Baltimore County, I have introduced legislation to prevent the taking over of the Essex Sky Park, a historic airfield in Essex. Once again, the Government feels that trees are not doing an adequate job in their natural reproductive system, and the Government must step in and close down the Air Park to plant trees. Nine years ago, the County Government attempted to close the Sky Park, and I was successful, along with the support of my colleagues, in blocking that. Unfortunately, the issue has come back, and I believe we will be successful again in protecting the public trust in carrying out the will of the original owners of the air park that it would stay an air park in perpetuity.
In Harford County, we are also being put under pressure by the current administration to pass a hotel tax. Now isn’t the time to take more money from the private sector to help government expand. Nor should government be using tax dollars to subsidize businesses that cannot make it on their own. Instead, government should focus on getting off the back of business and out of the pocket of the public and let nature take its course, which will bring a quick stabilization to our economy.
If there are any issues you would like me to address, please give me a call at the office. In future updates, I plan to brief you on legislation that I have introduced this year.