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How Much Would O’Malley Pay To Get 1,000 New Jobs?

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Officials from the State of Maryland and Baltimore City have been in talks with Amazon to locate a new distribution center for over a year. According to the Baltimore Sun, the plant would be at the site of the old General Motors site. That site has been determined to be an impoverished area.

The deal, will bring Amazon and the landlord of the former GM plant site over $43 Million in tax credits, loans, and incentives. The Sun article says that the incentive package will be worth $35.3 million in Enterprise Zone tax credits, $5.5 million in One Maryland tax credits, and $1.7 million in brownfield (previously contaminated) tax credits. The state will also loan Amazon $1.25 million, most of which will be forgiven if Amazon employs 1,000 people for 10 years. Also once the site opens, Marylanders will have to start paying the 6% sales tax on Amazon purchases, since it will have a physical presence in the state.

As you may remember Texas Governor Rick Perry put egg on Governor O’Malley’s face highlighting how unfriendly Maryland is to business. Governor Perry released an ad campaign touting Texas’s #1 Business rating.

So how much would Governor O’Malley pay for 1,000 new jobs? $43 million. Guess who foots the bill for these jobs? We do.

Source: Baltimore Sun

Several Maryland Taxes Go Up Today

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Today marks the first of several Gas Tax increases, each 1 % or about 3.5 cents per year. The tax increase starts today, with additional increases on 1/1/2015 and 7/1/2015. The current gasoline tax in Maryland is 23.5 cents, and supporters of the tax claim that the tax hasn’t been raised since 1992 and that the highways and bridges are crumbling. Additionally Brian Witte of the Cumberland Times is reporting that if “Federal legislation allowing the states to collect a sales tax on Internet sales does not pass, the sales tax is scheduled to rise another 1% in January 2016.

Tolls on Maryland bridges and tunnels are also set to increase today. Some of the toll increases are 50% increases over the current tolls. The Chesapeake Bay bridge is increasing for 2-axle vehicles from $4 to $6, and tolls on Routes 95 and 40 will increase from $6 to $8.

In other tax-increase news, 10 of the most populous counties in Maryland are required to have raised taxes to clean up the Chesapeake Bay today. Carroll County voted to not collect a new tax but will instead shoulder the burden by using existing revenue. Frederick County raised their taxes by 1 cent, while Anne Arundel County voted to tax most residents $85, while some residents may see a bill as high as $170. Howard County is debating lowering the tax increases that they already passed, but currently many single family homeowners will pay between $90-150.

Will You Help Me In ‘Turning Maryland’?

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Let me first start by introducing myself. My first political memories are of President Reagan in the 80′s. As a young boy I remember being upset that Reagan would interrupt my prime-time television shows. Of course back then, there were only a handful of stations available via roof-top antenna. So being captive to the President’s prime-time speeches, I couldn’t help but be taken by the President’s warm personal demeanor and his ability to explain complicated matters simply to the general public in a way that even if you didn’t agree with him, you couldn’t help but to understand his thinking and where we were headed as a country.

My parents told me to always question everything and everyone. They told me to not just take what information was given to you, but to probe further into the details and to draw my own conclusions. They never told me to be a Republican, but in the search for the truth I couldn’t help but be drawn to conservative principles. The more I learned about democrat/liberal thinking, the more I realized that most of them are well meaning, but good intentions¬†end up hurting those they intend to help.

I have been fighting for conservative principles on the national level for over 5 years at a conservative non-profit. For a while, I ignored Maryland politics because it would be too hard to change the status quo. The last 5 years of Governor Martin O’Malley’s administration have signaled a disastrous liberal turn in policies. O’Malley is hell bent on raising taxes, increasing spending, and gun grabbing. Ultimately Marylanders will pay the price as he attempts a run for President of the United States.¬†If the general public knew what the Maryland state leadership was doing, they would be outraged.

No longer can we sit on the sidelines and be spectators while O’Malley, Senator Mike Miller, and House Speaker Michael E. Busch tax and spend away our money. One of my skills has always been to take a complex issue and break it down into simple, easy to understand information that even my liberal friends can’t argue with. I intend to provide you, the reader, with the same.

Will you help me to turn Maryland?

2016 Elections

Primary - 4/5/2016
General - 11/8/2016

Races to Watch

U.S. Senate

Barbara Mikulski (D) is retiring.

Top (D) Candidates
Donna Edwards
Chris Van Hollen

All 8 House Seats are up for election.

Current Representatives
1st - Andy Harris (R)

2nd - Dutch Reppersberger (D)

3rd - John Sarbanes (D)
Top candidates Dr. Mark Plaster (R).

4th - Donna Edwards (D) - running for Senate
Top candidates Anthony Brown (D), Glenn Ivey (D), George McDermott (?)

5th - Steny Hoyer (D)

6th - John Delaney (D) - may run for Senate
Top (R) candidates David Vogt (R), Kathy Afzali (R), Neil Parrott (R), Mike McKay (R).

7th - Elijah Cummings (D) - may run for Senate
Top candidates Calvin Ball (D), Corrogan Vaughn (R).

8th - Chris Van Hollen (D) - running for Senate
Top (D) candidates Kumar Barve, Valerie Ervin, Kathleen Mattews, Jamie Raskin
Top (R) candidates Frank Howard - potential