- The O'Malley Administration and our state legislature have imposed excessive taxes -- 74 new taxes and, if you include fees and tolls, more than 200 increased levies -- upon Marylanders and Maryland businesses.
- Maryland is ranked as one of the worst states in which to do business. Actions taken by O'Malley/Brown Administration have led to businesses, big and small, leaving Maryland for states with lower taxes and fewer regulations.
- Between 2000-2010, 1.4 million Marylanders moved to other states, leaving a 66,273 net migration loss and $5.5 billion reduction in taxable income.
- According to the Tax Foundation, only seven states lost more taxable income than Maryland between 2000 and 2010.
- Maryland is one of only two states with both an inheritance tax and an estate tax.
A NEW WAY FORWARD:
It's time to bring common sense fiscal sanity back to Annapolis and change the economic and regulatory climate to grow and keep businesses and good paying jobs in Maryland.
As Governor, I will propose the following:
ELIMINATE THE MARYLAND STATE INCOME TAX ENTIRELY. There is no reason why Maryland cannot join Florida, Texas, New Hampshire, and 6 other states that do not have a state income tax.
- Reduce the state sales and use tax from 6%, requested by and enacted for the O'Malley Administration, back to 5%.
- Repeal the Rain Tax (the "Impervious Surfaces Tax")
- Establishment of a Maryland "Taxpayer's Bill of Rights" to end "bait and switch" taxes and fees that routinely use taxpayer money to backfill the shortfall of out-of-control government spending in Annapolis and not sign laws that fail to contain an enforceable "lock box" provision to ensure taxpayer money and fees are being used for their intended purpose.
- Repeal the new 24 cent per gallon added tax, which substantially increases the costs of transportation to all Marylanders and injures the ability of those who rely on water and land transportation to operate their businesses and employ others. This new O'Malley Administration tax is added on top of all other gasoline taxes Marylanders must pay.
- Repeal the Death Tax (the "Estate or Inheritance Tax") which essentially "robs the dead" by stealing the fruits of one's lifetime labor upon death by taxing once again your assets, already taxed during your lifetime through income and other taxes. State and federal death taxes have a dreadful impact upon many Marylanders and family owned business and farms, causing substantial financial pain to, and often the livelihoods of, family survivors forced to sell the family farm or business to pay these taxes.
- Require an "ANNUAL STATE FISCAL-USE & EFFICIENCY AUDIT". Every tax and fee-producing law and implementing regulation in Maryland will be independently audited annually to determine how monies collected are being spent and whether this spending demonstrates an efficient use of taxpayer money. This audit will be published online and include an overall efficiency rating for each bill, identify the sponsors, and the final recorded vote tally for passage.