FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2013
Contact: David Ferguson
Republicans Join all Marylanders who Oppose Gas Tax IncreaseANNAPOLIS – Diana Waterman, Chairman of the Maryland Republican Party, made the following statement regarding Republicans opposition to Martin O’Malley and the Democrats’ gas tax on Maryland’s families and businesses. She said, “When will the insanity stop? It is unconscionable that Martin O’Malley wants his twenty-fifth tax increase when gasoline is nearly $4.00 a gallon and families are struggling to make ends meet. If this gas tax is implemented, it will be the fifth highest in America and increase by 60% to a total of almost forty cents per gallon.”
She continued, “Although these new taxes will affect every family and small business in Maryland, it will be most painful to the poorest and most rural residents of our state. It has failed in the past and Republicans hope to join all Marylanders who don’t want their taxes to increase again under this administration's failed leadership.”
In Chief Executive Magazine’s 2012 survey of “Best and Worst” states to do business, Maryland ranked 40th. The state lost 3 spots down the board from its rank of 37thin 2011. Even with a high score for workforce quality, the CEOs gave Maryland a “Negative” Development Trend Indicator citing, “Income-tax increases on ‘middle class’ nick and frustrate business owners.” and a higher than average State-Local Tax Burden. The same study ranked Virginia 6th, Delaware 14th, West Virginia 34th, and Pennsylvania 43rd.