Legislature Keeps On Taking More Of Our Money

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The cost of everything is going up these days, from fuel, cable service and electric rates to the cost of a drink, health insurance and home repair and service jobs.

That’s why we are amazed the Maryland General Assembly approved a slew of consumer fee and tax increases during this year’s session.

The most egregious of all the hikes was the irresponsible and ill-advised 50-percent jump in the state’s alcohol tax (a 9-percent sales tax will soon be implemented on all drinks, rather than the current 6 percent), which epitomized backroom dealings and explains why some state lawmakers have earned their sleazy reputation.

Other fee increases include a hike in the cost to apply for a birth certificate, an increase in the amount charged for a vanity license plate and a higher charge to record property transactions in the state. There are numerous other fee increases as well that we will only learn about once they are presented to us at the time of payment.

While there are encouraging signs that the economy is improving, generally, it’s worth remembering there are many still struggling financially in many ways. That’s why these fee and tax hikes, coupled with all the other costs rising due to conditions beyond any of our control, is so disturbing.

The bottom line here is it’s getting more expensive to live. Economists call it the cost of living, and no matter how you refer to it, the fact is living is becoming more expensive, and there appears to be no changes ahead.

What’s troubling here is most legislators are not getting it. What they have done is further boost the cost of living for many with these fee increases and take more money out of the pockets of businesses with the alcohol tax hike that could, at least locally, send customers elsewhere.

All the while the budget is still so tight employees can’t get raises and are constantly being asked to do more with less. The same goes for businesses, which continue to generally face declining gross sales and increased fixed costs.

This is no longer a trend, it’s an unfair and troubling way of life, and it stinks. It would not be so disturbing if the majority of this state’s lawmakers simply could make decisions to help Marylanders, rather than consistently hurt us.

Most of the legislators are simply out of touch and not aware of what’s happening in our households. Otherwise, they would stop putting their hands in our pockets every year and taking and taking more and more.

With each legislative session seems to come a cut in pay for Maryland residents and businesses, and there comes a time when enough is enough, and we are way beyond that point today.

5 comments on “Legislature Keeps On Taking More Of Our Money

  1. You know what You guys should stop complaining because, one the health care we have now isnt as good as it was supposed to be. also the law has just been signed so give it some time. so if u want to say u have the right to choose tell that to ur congress men or state official. If you do not have insurance and need one You can find full medical coverage at the lowest price by searching online for “Penny Health Insurance” If you have health insurance and do not care about cost just be happy it and trust me you are not going to loose anything!

  2. Good Op-piece. “Out of touch” is so far the understatement of the year. I’m sure more is to come, until then I will continue to buy my spirits out of state and instead of going out during the summer I will continue to eat in, crab/fish/clam in the bay with my boat and the gas I will put in it with my savings of non-MD purchases/golf/restaurants. Do more with less and reprioritize. I’m only one – but I already predict the continued Mon-Friday VAC signs everywhere. Empty rooms cuz of high prices (to make up the difference of course – short term remedies) means empty restaurants (again high prices with short term thinking) means less revenue…. Not to mention less folks on the buses which increased in price too. Maybe the term Tiny-Time is still ALIVE and WELL!!!!!!!

  3. Thank God the voters of this District had enough sense to elect Mike McDermott. Read Mike’s “Field Notes” to learn more about what goes on in the MD Legislature. We need more representatives like Mike!

  4. In response to Anthony Wing regarding Obamacare: Why are you so afraid of this being repealed?

  5. BIG THANK-YOU to freshman Delegate Mike McDermott for his forthright and common sense advocacy on our behalf (fighting the 50% alcohol tax, greedy private-interest wind turbines, arrogant back-room dealings versus legislative fairness and transparency) and SO much more). Godspeed, Mike! Thankfully, there are also other conservative delegates agreeing with him, but not enough. They all need your prayers. Also, they always appreciate your calls and letters of not only support, but also concern, whether in agreement or disagreement. It helps them to maintain the vital balance needed in effectively legislating.

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