Governor Martin O'Malley's Ultimate Hypocrisy
Taxpayers expect a certain level of hypocrisy from their elected leaders. But, this week Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley may have taken the prize for the most blatant and shameless form of hypocrisy. Earlier this year, the Maryland General Assembly passed and Governor O’Malley signed legislation raising income taxes on workers making more than $100,000, families earning in excess of $150,000. The state increased the marriage penalty and shifted pension costs to localities, engaging in some creative accounting to hide its unfunded obligations. Maryland’s state-local income rate now stands at 8.95 percent -- the fourth-highest in the nation. At the same time, Governor O’Malley has been trying to convene a special session to work out a plan to give a tax break for casinos, particularly a casino at National Harbor. The plan calls for reducing the tax rate on gambling revenue from 67 percent to about 52 percent.
This week, the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) sent an email to their supporters praising the U.S. Senate’s passage of a bill that holds tax rates constant for families earning less than $250,000. It also accuses Republicans of opposing “middle-class tax cuts.” The incredible irony of this message is that it comes from the DGA, which is chaired by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, one of the biggest proponents of tax increases in the United States. (click here to view TPA’s television ad opposing the special session).