Dueling Tax Ads
Let the tax wars begin.
As soon as Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) started rolling out key elements of his plan to close the state's estimated $1.7.billion shortfall by taxing some Marylanders more and others less, the Republican and Democratic parties had no shortage of words for who's to blame for the fiscal predicament.
"Governor Martin O'Malley Addresses What Ehrlich Wouldn't" screamed a news release issued by the Maryland Democratic Party, blaming former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican, for a litany of "regressive tax hikes," fee increases and fiscal "band-aids" that failed to avert the current shortfall.
"Unless he was a potted plant for four years, he knew exactly what was coming," party spokesman David Paulson said. "People need to understand that Ehrlich left the state in terrible fiscal shape."
The headline on the news release issued by the Maryland Republican Party was equally colorful: "Marylanders Are Not O'Malley's Personal Pocket Book."
"He's at it again. Martin O'Malley is proposing massive tax hikes on working families disguised as tax cuts," the offensive read, calling the governor's tour to unveil his tax plan an "infomercial" that is "trying to sell the public on how he is defending them, when, in fact, he is robbing them."
A spokesman for Ehrlich noted that the news releases issued by the current governor explains some prime reasons for the potential deficit: an income-tax rollback and a massive school-funding plan, both passed during the administration of Gov. Parris N. Glendening, a Democrat.
"Neither of which Governor Ehrlich had anything to do with," Ehrlich spokesman Henry Fawell said.
September 24, 2007; 10:25 AM ET
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