From Del. Kathy Szeliga:
Are you ready for July 1st?
– gas tax goes UP
– tolls increase (again)
– the novel new RAIN TAX
These new taxes and fees will pick the pockets of Maryland taxpayers. Citizens across our state will agree with us, Maryland simply MUST do better. These tax and spend policies hurt Marylanders.
In O’Malley’s seven-year reign in Annapolis, he and his buddies have raised taxes and fees each and every year. What have they done with the 47+ new taxes and fees they have imposed on us? Click Here for List of Taxes, Tolls, and Fees. They continue to grow government and increase spending by more than $1 billion annually. And now we are seeing where this government largess has gotten us – corrupt prisons and wasteful spending in our school systems. You and I know that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
As you know, I was recently elected into leadership in the Maryland House of Delegates. Our new Minority Leader is Nic Kipke from Anne Arundel County, and I am the Minority Whip in our Republican House Caucus. Nic and I have rolled up our sleeves and started working on creative new ways to get our message out to the public. We’ve already had success in exposing the reprehensible state of the Baltimore City Detention Center where contraband cell phones and drugs are plentiful and four prison guards are pregnant by a prisoner who is an infamous gang leader- who I think is running the place! We also brought attention to the federal audit of Baltimore City and Prince George’s County’s public schools revealing waste, fraud and abuse; $222 for a pencil sharpener, engraved watches in velvet pouches for 145 principals, $99 fried chicken dinners, and much more. It’s shameful. We have only just begun to expose the corruption in Annapolis.
We must turn up the heat on O’Malley, Mike Miller and Mike Busch. I will not allow this arrogant monopoly in Annapolis to run our great state into the ground without a fight. That’s why I ran for Whip in the House and that’s why I need your help.
Elections are expensive. Redistricting has brought us 47 new legislative districts in next year’s election. As you can imagine, the Democrats in Annapolis have skillfully redrawn the districts to try to get more liberals to Annapolis and marginalize the moderates and conservatives. We will have a tough time bringing back all 43 Republicans to the House of Delegates. Leader Nic Kipke and I are working with Congressman Andy Harris and our new leadership team to identify and target seats where the tax and spend liberal policies are not popular. Your help is vital in our efforts.
Where can we win? We can win in districts where O’Malley’s 47+ new taxes and fees are hated, such as districts where taking away the rights of lawful gun owners in wildly unpopular and where taxing the rain is a ridiculous idea. Did you know that when O’Malley took office it cost drivers $23 to title their vehicles and it now costs us $100? A trip through the Ft. McHenry tunnel used to be $4 round trip, soon to be $8! During these historically tough economic times, the tax burden from Annapolis is crushing family budgets. Now more than ever, we have an opportunity to show voters that there is a better way.
Our Founding Fathers knew that checks and balances are important. A two party system works best because there is consistent accountability and skeptics from both sides watching out for any abuse of power. Whether you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent, we all agree that an active and productive minority party is important. I’m proud to be able to play a part in that system and provide a watchful eye for taxpayers and citizens across our state. I hope you will partner with me in this effort because I cannot do it without your help.
What can you do?
Please join me for breakfast on June 26th in Bel Air. I’ll bring you the latest update on the business and political climate in our state, including an overview of the new legislative districts created in redistricting. The invitation is below and also HERE
If you cannot attend, I hope you can still send a contribution of any amount. You can contribute securely on line by BY CLICKING HERE
Or you can send a check to, Friends of Kathy Szeliga, PO Box 40, Kingsville, MD 21087
MARYLAND IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR – I HOPE YOU CAN HELP!