Md. Officials Talk Up Popularity of Tax Amnesty
Given that the subject was tax delinquents, it seemed a tad ironic that Gov. Martin O'Malley's event this morning was the rare one of his that started on time.
With a row of small businesses in Dundalk as a backdrop, O'Malley (D) was flanked by both presiding officers of the General Assembly, as well as several other elected officials, all there to talk up the state's tax amnesty period, which begins Tuesday.
The amnesty, which runs through Oct. 30, is the result of legislation passed during this year's session and allows Marylanders who owe back taxes to pay free of penalty and at half the interest accrued.
With the state grappling with budget shortfalls, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D) described the program as a "win-win for everybody." And he was among several speakers who stressed the widespread, bipartisan support the bill enjoyed in the General Assembly.
Perhaps that was because of the recent assessment of Comptroller Peter Franchot (D), who is tasked with implementing the program. Franchot called it a "get-out-of-jail-free card for all of the tax cheats in Maryland who have been ducking their responsibilities." He was represented at the event by a deputy.
Miller said that the bill passed the Senate with only two dissenting votes, from members he called "professional naysayers": Sens. Andrew P. Harris (R-Baltimore County) and Alex X. Mooney (R-Frederick).
House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) noted that only one member of the House of Delegates voted against the bill, adding that he didn't think it was necessary to name him. We're here to help: It was Del. Nathanial T. Oaks (D-Baltimore).
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