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Ehrlich tailors appeal to Montgomery voters

Thumbnail image for EhrlichMoCo.jpgIn an appeal to Montgomery County residents Tuesday, former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) pointed to two tax measures passed by the Democrat-led General Assembly that he said were "the worst" for the jurisdiction: the "tech tax" and the "millionaires' tax."

The "tech tax" -- a levy on computer services -- was among those adopted during a special session in 2007 called by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) to help balance the state budget. After an outcry from the industry, it was repealed in 2008 before taking effect.

The "millionaires' tax" -- a three-year surcharge on the state's high-ended earners -- was adopted in 2008, largely to offset some of the revenue lost by repealing the computer services tax.

"That hurt this county more than any other because of your flight of wealth," Ehrlich said at a roundtable campaign event in his Montgomery County headquarters on Rockville Pike.

Ehrlich is targeting Montgomery this year despite its heavily Democratic tilt, hoping to improve upon lackluster performance in the county in 2002 and 2006. O'Malley aides and Democratic strategists have suggested there is limited room for growth.

Ehrlich disclosed that Katja Bullock, who is managing his Montgomery campaign, has set a goal of 44 percent there this year. Ehrlich called that "a wonderful goal" but said his target is a little lower -- though still above 40 percent.

Ehrlich got about 38 percent in 2002 and 37 percent in 2006.

"We've made a tremendous commitment to this county," he said Tuesday.

During the roundtable discussion, Ehrlich also touted his pro-business credentials and said he would work to improve the share of services Montgomery gets in exchange for its tax dollars -- though he provided few specifics.

"The Democratic leadership has viewed Montgomery County as an ATM," Ehrlich said in an interview after the event. "But this is not the Montgomery County of 10, 15 years ago. There has been a significant loss of wealth."

By John Wagner  |  September 1, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  
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Ehrlich has been going around the state making promises he cannot keep. I'd love ot see MontCo get more, but that means soemone else has to give their share up.

Posted by: krickey7 | September 1, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

"But this is not the Montgomery County of 10, 15 years ago. There has been a significant loss of wealth."

Yeah right, Cheney, Ehrlich et al either mismanaged it away or stole it outright!

"Vote for Me, Bob Ehrlich, I am not an overweight, bilious, incompetent, corrupt butt boy of the oligarchy and my wife is not a stumble drunk!"

Posted by: SoCali | September 1, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Ehrlich is wasting is time fishing for votes here. Baltimore area pols see Moco as the cash cow of the state. They love it that despite having the largest delegation in Annapolis, our gang can't shoot straight when it comes to playing the hardball politics that gets cash for projects here and shields the county from being raided to pay for the rest of the state.

Posted by: VikingRider | September 1, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

someone should tell erhlich that the tech tax was repealed so he can stop harping on it. and they should also mention prohibition was repealed too before he trys making a campaign issue out of that too.

did he forget to pay his cable bill so he hasn't been able to keep up with the news or something?

I don't think maryland needs a politician who can't tell the difference between current tax laws and tax laws that were never enacted.

Posted by: MarilynManson | September 1, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

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