TPA Urges Boycott of Special Session in Maryland

David Williams

July 18, 2012

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July 18, 2012

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 TPA Urges Boycott of Special Session in Maryland

Washington, DC– The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) today urged the boycott of a special session of the Maryland Legislature to expand gaming and Governor Martin O’Malley’s plans to create a commission to set tax rates for casino operators. 

“The plans of Governor O’Malley and gaming proponents in the legislature are all smoke and mirrors.  They do not move Maryland in the direction of a better tax policy,” said Taxpayers Protection Alliance president David Williams.  “The fact remains that much of the state leadership remains intent on giving tax breaks to the investors and developers at National Harbor, just months after they raised taxes on Maryland’s working families.  The state’s residents and economy gain little from such policies.”  

“Forming a commission to set tax rates changes nothing.  The Legislature has the final word on tax policy,” Williams said.  “It is just a ploy to keep politicians’ names off of a proposal that does not have the clear-cut support of Maryland residents.  These gaming proponents still seek to give billionaire developers tax breaks and preferential treatment.”

Williams emphasized that there is no need for the state to call yet another special session to address gaming.  “The state constitution calls for these sessions during an emergency; setting tax policy and debating gaming clearly fail to meet this high bar,” he said.  “Trying to rush this issue through the Assembly for placement on a referendum is the wrong approach, given the lack of transparency surrounding negotiations for a National Harbor casino.  There is no reason this issue cannot be revisited next year, when we have the facts about who stands to gain from this.” 

TPA encourages residents to contact their legislators and urge them to boycott a special session that gives tax cuts to billionaires at the expense of working families and also demand greater transparency on the issue of gaming.