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Posted by David Keelan on Tuesday, November 13, 2007
One of our readers sent a letter the editor regarding recent tax hikes. The Baltimore Sun published it. Thanks for sharing Tom.
Our state government is working in reverse: After approving a package of tax increases, the House of Delegates has belatedly chosen to look backward at budgetary cuts (“House passes tax increases, now to look at budget cuts,” Nov. 12).
As such, the foundation and purpose of these tax increases has yet to be laid. The more efficient, and less disingenuous, procedure would be to first look to what cuts may be made, and by doing so prove to all Marylanders that these tax increases are justified and necessary.
It is not for the legislators to first collect all the tax dollars, only to later voluntarily trim the excesses of a wish list. Rather, it is on the will of the people to decide that this increase in taxation is worthy of their endorsement in favor of worthwhile government spending.
Otherwise, the House is breaking the people’s piggy bank before checking its own pockets for change.