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Coming Up In Maryland Politics

Starting today, the Maryland Moment will give you a preview every Monday of some of the political events coming up in the region. This week:


* A County Council committee today will start discussing proposed growth rules that would increase taxes on new development. The Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee, consisting of council president Marilyn Praisner (D-Eastern County), and members Nancy Floreen (D-At Large) and Marc Elrich (D-At Large), is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m., on the 7th floor of the council office building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. The meeting will be broadcast live on County Cable Montgomery.


* The Maryland Democratic Party hopes to raise at least at tonight's sold-out annual gala in Greenbelt, featuring Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) as the keynote speaker. Tickets to the "One Maryland" event started at $250. For $25,000, one could become a "platinum sponsor" and receive 20 tickets to a "VIP reception" before the gala and two tables for 10 at the gala itself.

* The Public Service Commission on Wednesday will begin three days of hearings on how electricity is bought and sold in Maryland, addressing concerns about the impact of utility deregulation on consumers. The hearings will begin at 10:30 a.m. on the 16th floor of the William Donald Schaefer Tower, 6 St. Paul St., Baltimore.

By Anne Bartlett  |  October 1, 2007; 5:27 AM ET
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The most important issue for the Planning committee to take up is the $1,500 annual 30 year property tax surcharge being imposed on the good people of Clarksburg under the guise of a development distric tax. The folks there were not informed of this tax when they bought. This tax is depressing home values and putting a big damper on sales in the Clarksburg area. DROP THIS TAX BEFORE YOU SEE A MASS MARCH FROM CLARKSBURG TO ROCKVILLE!

Posted by: Robin Ficker of Robin Realty | October 1, 2007 6:08 AM | Report abuse

I don't think "One Maryland," is a good thing anymore than I think "One China," is nice. It implies a lack of a robust discussion, of dissenting views. Take the sales tax increase for example. This event is being held in Prince Georges County. I doubt very seriously that the folks there want a 20% increase in their sales tax every day. This may be a public relations ploy to silence opposition to a special session where O'Malleys biggest tax increase in Maryland history will be rammed through without adequate public hearings or consideration. He wants a fait accompli. He is talking about a "deficit" in a budget that is increasing 8.5%! Does he call salary raises, pay cuts?

Posted by: Robin Ficker of Robin Realty | October 2, 2007 2:18 AM | Report abuse

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