This past Tuesday morning the Freshmen Republican delegates held a press conference in the halls of the State House to announce the results of a Gonzoles Poll commissioned by them. The one question asked was (and I may be paraphrasing):
"Do you feel you are paying too much in taxes, enough, or not enough to the State of Maryland?"
The result of the poll was, very simply, that only 4% of you feel you don't pay enough. I'd love to know who those people are because I have some tax obligations of my own I'd love to have help with!
Some of the items on O'Malley's list are: A 15 cent increase on a gallon of gasoline (over a three year period); the so-called flush tax will triple from $2.50 to $7.50 on your water bill; the 6% sales tax on internet sales; a tax increase on "smokeless tobacco".
In addiiton to all this, O'Malley is proposing to phase out personal exemptions for folks making more than $100,000 per year and capping income tax deductions. This would include your mortgage deductions. Why bother owning a home?
How do you feel about the amount of taxes you and your family pay?