Ehrlich pledges no tax increases -- or fee hikes
Former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) will not raise taxes if returned to office -- and has no plans to raise fees either, he said Wednesday.
Ever since the campaign began, Ehrlich has warned that Marylanders face a massive tax increase if Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is returned to office. Ehrlich did so again Wednesday at a roundtable event with small business owners in Gambrills.
"If Governor Ehrlich wins, believe me, there will be no tax increase," Ehrlich said. "End of discussion."
Asked later by reporters if that pledge applies to fees as well, Ehrlich said he had no plans to raise any of those either.
The distinction is not an insignificant one. In a new video, O'Malley's campaign is hammering Ehrlich for comments he made recently explaining the difference between taxes and fees. During Ehrlich's term, he raised several fees, including those for vehicle registrations and use of sewer and septic systems.
Ehrlich defended both of those fee increases Wednesday, saying the "dedicated revenue" has led to important transportation and environmental improvements.
O'Malley has said he has no plans to raise taxes next year but has not ruled out the possibility. Maryland is facing an estimated $1.6 billion shortfall in the fiscal year that starts next July.
Ehrlich also told reporters that he is looking toward November and that Primary Day in Maryland will be "another work day" for his campaign.
In the Sept. 14 primary, Ehrlich faces Brian Murphy, a business investor from Montgomery County who has been endorsed by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.
"I respect Brian Murphy," Ehrlich told reporters. "I don't know him. He certainly had a right to run."
August 25, 2010; 4:51 PM ET
Categories: 2010 Elections , John Wagner
Save & Share: Previous: Muse, Miller on the Baker bandwagon in Prince George's
Next: Md. GOP says gun shot broke campaign office window
Posted by: Nixonin08 | August 25, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: FranknErnest | August 26, 2010 7:12 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: hared | August 26, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: allardcranston | August 27, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse