As 2010 session ends, Ehrlich points to 2007
Hours before the curtain closed on the 2010 session of the Maryland General Assembly, former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) emailed a fundraising solicitation to supporters -- targeting a tax increased passed in 2007.
"With your help, we'll get Maryland back on the right track, and #1 on my list of priorities is repealing Governor Martin O'Malley's 20 percent increase in the sales tax, which disproportionately hurts low and middle-income Marylanders and small business owners who are already grappling with a recession," Ehrlich says in the solicitation.
Maryland's sales tax was raised from 5 percent to 6 percent during a special session of the legislature called by O'Malley (D) in 2007 to address a looming budget shortfall. It was part of a package of $1.4 billion in annual tax increases passed during the session, which also included hundreds of millions in spending cuts and a move to let voters
decide whether to legalize slot-machine gambling.
O'Malley has characterized the sales tax increase as "tough but correct," arguing that Maryland would be in far worse fiscal shape without the 2007 revenue increases.
Ehrlich first pledged to repeal the sales tax increase during his announcement speech last week in Rockville. The fundraising solicitation makes mention of the 2010 session as well. It notes that as soon as it ends, O'Malley will be able to resume his fundraising. The governor and legislators are barred from raising money during the 90-day session.
"This campaign is going to be tough, and I doubt that we can match the liberal establishment dollar-for-dollar, but I don't think we will need to," Ehrlich says in the solicitation. "The liberals in Annapolis have accumulated a horrible record of massive tax increases, out-of-control spending and out-of-touch liberal programs."
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