From the office of District 7 state Del. Rick Impallaria:
Annapolis Update #6 — February 29, 2012
The Governor is to sign the gay marriage bill on Thursday, March 1, with pomp and ceremony. Attorney General Doug Gansler has already begun voter intimidation on the referendum drive, stating that “it doesn’t really matter what the voters think, for the outcome of referendum. The Governor has appointed three new Judges to the high court that they control, and will give the results that the Governor demands.” So much for the separation of powers. Clearly these comments by Attorney General Gansler show his lack of concern for the Constitution and the people’s right to referendum laws or to the ballot which, in a true free society, allows the people the final say on what authority the government will have, clearly never intended to be an absolute authority.
The Governor’s wind energy bill has now taken a change in direction, as the wind often will do. He is now proposing that a surcharge would not go on the consumer’s utility bills for at least 5 years and only once the wind energy is up and operating and that energy is available to the State of Maryland. One could be led to believe that the Governor’s bill is an attempt to get the camel’s nose under the tent without the public feeling the effect until long after he has left office.
The budget and BRFA (Budget Reconciliation and Finance Act) are now moving through the House and the Senate and both pieces of legislation have numerous tax increases and fee increases within them so that the public will not be able to voice their opinion on these increases. And once again, trickery is in place on many of these increases, by making them “step” increases over 3 to 5 years, which only goes to prove that (1) they don’t want to be honest with you, and (2) they plan to continue increasing the budget regardless of the ability of the people to pay, guaranteeing further increases of fees and taxes. But the only chance for the public to speak out is now, when the people don’t even realize what’s taking place
I will do my best to dissect each of these fee increases, tax increases and elimination of tax credits that will affect Maryland taxpayers, and notify you as soon as I know they are part of the bills.
Having about two-thirds of the Session over, you can see that only the worst is yet to come.
Delegate Rick Impallaria, District 7
Harford and Baltimore Counties