From Del. Kathy Szeliga:
You’ve Gotta See This!
This week, Delegate Susan Aumann and I have a fun parody video for you to watch. You don’t want to miss this one – it’s really funny!! The video illustrates some of the taxes and fees raised over the last 7 years by the leadership in Annapolis.
Of course, we’ve included the flush tax because that’s funny no matter what your age!
To see the list of taxes, click here – CLICK HERE
What’s Up in Annapolis?
2014 Legislative Priorities
HB 326 – Income Tax Relief Act of 2014
This bill will reduce all personal income tax rates by 10%. The tax reductions will phase in over three years. With fiscal discipline from Annapolis, this tax reduction could be done in one year. However, the will and desire to lower taxes in Annapolis is not readily embraced. This tax relief measure is overdue. After increasing 75+ taxes and fees, taxpayers need a break!
HB 50 – Stormwater Management Watershed Protection and Restoration Program – Repeal
(WHAT IS THAT? Rain Tax Repeal)
The Rain Tax is, perhaps, the worst bill passed in Annapolis in recent memory. Taxing the rain in only 10 counties out of the entire Chesapeake Bay Watershed and thinking that will have any meaningful impact on the Bay is ludicrous.
In Baltimore County, they are collecting $33 million per year in rain taxes. What did they do with that money? They hired 21 new county employees. How will that clean up the Bay?
County Executive David Craig took bold leadership in Harford County and repealed the rain tax there. Unfortunately, the Harford County Council failed to act on the repeal.
Keep Grandma in Maryland Acts of 2014.
HB 186 – Estate Tax – Re-coupling With Federal Law
HB 184 – Estate and Inheritance Taxes – Repeal
Much like HB 326 – Income Tax Relief of 2014, we would ultimately like to repeal the estate and inheritance taxes. However, in order to work towards that goal, re-coupling the estate tax with federal law is a step in the right direction. Delegate Sue Krebs from Carroll County has introduced these same bills for the last 7 years. This year, we think we might get death tax relief passed!
Please read Forbes Magazine, Where Not to Die in 2013, for an explanation of estate and inheritance taxes. We are listed as one of the places not to die in 2013. Retired people have mobility. How many grandparents are in Florida for 6 months + 1 day and it’s not just because of the weather? Let’s keep grandma here! Maryland simply MUST cut their death taxes this year.
What Happened to Beretta?
More Money Walks Out of Maryland…
Decisions made in Annapolis can affect our citizens and state greatly – either in a positive or negative way. Over these last seven years, the tempo of taxes and fees has been a constant beat. Burdensome regulations and laws have also pushed citizens and jobs out of our state.
Beretta, the world-renowned Italian firearms manufacturer, has a manufacturing facility in Prince George’s County that employs about 350 people. Wednesday, they announced they are building their new $45 million facility in Tennessee. During the debate over the restrictive gun bill last year, Beretta said they would not expand in Maryland if it passed. And so it is. I don’t think it will be long before Beretta moves their entire Maryland operation to Tennessee. These are good jobs and a great private business pushed out of our state.
And don’t forget How Money Walks. Travis Brown has analyzed IRS data to see where $2 trillion has moved across our states and even counties. I don’t have to tell you that Maryland has lost more than $7 billion, and half of that has gone to Florida. Maryland’s high taxes and heavy-handed government are pushing people out of our state to friendlier states. See for yourself here: How Money Walks! Was your county a winner or a loser?
Thanks for your support and prayers! I’m working hard for you and your family in Annapolis.
Delegate Kathy Szeliga
Minority Whip, Maryland House of Delegates