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Stop the Annapolis Special Session: Not Another Nightmare on the Severn

Posted: May 5, 2012 at 10:58 pm   /   Chairman's Message

County Executive Ike Leggett said on WTOP’s “Ask the County Executive” program on Thursday: “We are better off with the doomsday versus the original budget.” According to Leggett: “That’s how bad the regular session treated Montgomery County.” On the same day Leggett announced his opposition to a special session, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley made a […]

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Maryland’s House Republican Budget Rejects Tax Increases, Maintains Services

Posted: March 18, 2012 at 7:56 pm   /   Chairman's Message

Earlier this week, Maryland’s House Republican Caucus presented a budget alternative that maintains state services and rejects any tax increases. Their proposal cuts an additional $511 million from the governor’s proposal, while avoiding shifting teacher pension costs to the counties. In pleading poverty for the state’s coffers and promoting higher taxes, Maryland Democrats ignore that […]

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Could the US Face Greece’s Fate? – Why Our Growing Federal Debt Matters

Posted: February 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm   /   Chairman's Message

Two economic stories of the past week are uncomfortably more related than most Americans would like to admit, the Greek debt negotiations and the Obama 2013 budget proposal. Europeans negotiators are encouraging, actually all but forcing, Greek debt holders to accept dramatic reductions in the amounts they will be paid back. This is so the […]

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Stopping Maryland’s Pro-Gas Tax “START” Coalition

Posted: February 7, 2012 at 8:13 pm   /   Chairman's Message

In his State of the State address, Governor O’Malley this week asked the legislature to begin applying a 6% sales tax to gasoline sales. With typical O’Malley double-speak, he called for ending “the current sales tax exemption on a gallon of gasoline.” While he may try to make “ending an exemption” sound like tax reform, […]

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Green Jobs Turns Out to Mean Few Jobs

Posted: January 21, 2012 at 8:25 pm   /   Chairman's Message

One of Barack Obama’s 2008 signature promises was to create 5 million new “Green Jobs.” Not to be out done, Governor O’Malley announced his own “Smart, Green, and Growing” agenda in 2009, in which he promised 100,000 new green jobs in Maryland by 2015. Earlier this week Obama’s campaign released its first ad which emphasized […]

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