Barkley Off Appropriations
Montgomery Del. Charles E. Barkley (D) has been removed from the powerful House Appropriations committee by House Speaker Michael E. Busch.
Barkley told the Gazette newspapers that the change came as punishment because of his resistance last year to a tax on those making more than $1 million.
The surcharge had been proposed as a way to repeal an unpopular tax on computer services that had been levied during the 2007 special session.
"I thought it hit Montgomery County too hard, and we just increased taxes back in November. Another tax increase that quick wasn't right," Barkley told the Gazette.
A spokeswoman for Busch confirmed the change and said he would address committee changes soon.
Appropriations will be a critically important committee during a legislative session expected to be dominated by discussions of the state's $1.9 billion budget deficit.
January 14, 2009; 4:22 PM ET
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