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Md. GOP Forms "Tax Relief" Commission

Maryland Republicans are fighting back at what they call the free-spending, tax-raising ways of Annapolis Democrats, with a new commission tasked with recommending how to balance the budget in the economic downturn "with fair cuts across the board."

That's the mantra of a the new "Commission for Citizen Tax Relief," announced today by the Maryland Republican Party.

"Today's tough times make it imperative for the Maryland Republican Party to hold Governor O'Malley and his supporters in the General Assembly accountable for their chronic overspending," Chairman James Pelura said in a statement.

Two dozen state Republicans and citizen activists will serve on the panel, which will come up with "sensible budget and accountability recommendations" for the state budget to help close a potential $1.9 billion deficit. The group will come up with a budget analysis, based in part on a series of town hall meetings around the state starting late this month.

Republicans in the General Assembly have criticized the Democratic governor and lawmakers for approving $1.4 billion in tax increases in 2007; back then, the GOP proposed an alternative budget with spending cuts. But in a Democrat-dominated state capitol, it's unclear how much weight the new commission's recommendations will carry.

By Lisa Rein  |  January 8, 2009; 3:13 PM ET
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"it's unclear how much weight the new commission's recommendations will carry"

Oh it's very clear how much weight it will carry: none. The Republicans could have acted on principle and supported slots as they did under Ehrlich, but chose to play politics and vote against slots to try to thwart O'Malley. This "commission"'s recommendations will be seen as yet another empty political ploy, as it should be.

Posted by: scott40 | January 8, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

"announced today by the Maryland Republican Party"

Wait, so you're telling me they're "rethuglicans" left in MD??? Seriously? I thought there were a grand total of 5 (maybe 6) between DC and Boston. There are reasons the Northeast doesn't like these braindead rednecks, and bullsh*t "commisions" like these are one of them.

Posted by: terp4life1 | January 8, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Where will this Republican "panel" hold their meetings? In a mental institution? I guess the few repubs left in Maryland deserve credit for not just hanging it up. They have every reason to retire and more to Florida.

Posted by: free-donny | January 8, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

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