Discord in MoCo's 39th District
There's a little dissension in Assembly District 39 in Montgomery County.
First Del. Saqib Ali (D-Montgomery) expressed disapproval of the manner in which Sen. Nancy King (D-Montgomery) received her appointment to the Senate. Now he is blasting her for her first Senate action, in the current special session on the state's budget crisis.
King was nominated by secret ballot by the county's Democratic Central Committee to fill former senator P.J. Hogan's seat. Ali, who also vyed for the position, says the process needs to be more transparent.
Their latest dispute involves part of Gov. Martin O'Malley's revenue plan that includes a movement toward "combined reporting," a method of collecting corporate income taxes that seeks to capture revenue lost by businesses that shelter income in out-of-state subsidiaries. And Ali said he took umbrage that King not only supported the budget committee's decision to delete O'Malley's provision from the revenue bill, but that she introduced a bill of her own that would essentially do the same thing.
"One way to kill something is to say we're going to study it," Ali said of King's legislation to study combined reporting. "I'm not sure why this is where she decided to take her stand."
King said there is not enough information on combined reporting, and that's why she thinks a study is warranted. "I'm not against combined reporting, I just think we need more information before we start it," she said.
As for Ali's questioning her every move: King said, "It all follows along. I'll probably be doing this for three years."
-- Ovetta Wiggins
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