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.
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