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Barkley Off Appropriations

Rosalind Helderman

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.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 14, 2009; 4:22 PM ET
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Now I understand why Montgomery County legislators keep voting for tax increases. They want to keep their committee assignments.

Posted by: jason14 | January 14, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Let's look at another side of Barkley Off Appropriations.-----Garagiola Stays State Senate Majority Leader.

Appointed by Senate President Mike Miller, who is now leading the fight to make counties pick up teacher pension costs, Garagiola was the deciding vote in the crucial 24-23 State Senate vote in favor of record setting increases in income, sales, car and corporate tax increases. Then he led the fight to increase the state income tax again so that in one year the state income tax increased up to 52.6%. The problem is that District 15, where Garagiola and I live, Germantown, Darnestown, Clarksburg, Poolesville and Potomac have more people paying that 52.6% state income tax increase than any other district in the state.

Also, Garagiola supported increases in the gasoline tax, which hits the drivers in our spread-out district hard. And he was a leader in the opposition to successful Question B on the November ballot for property tax relief. He thinks homeowners are his ATM.

So Garagiola has his title; we have the tax increases he gave us.

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | January 14, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Correction: Deputy Majority Leader

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | January 14, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

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