According to the Post, when our council chair, Camille Exum, objected to the bill, Del. Dereck Davis took offense. I wrote Del. Davis, told him that I was offended by his remarks, and strongly protested the proposed tax increase. We exchanged several messages, and I sent a copy of my final reply to Del. Niemann, who did not answer.
This episode demonstrates the arrogance of our all-Democratic state-level elected officials who feel that, without any Republican opposition, they can disregard the clear will of the voters and ram a tax increase down our throats, as they did with the appointed school board and accompanying "education" phone tax that was eventually used for non-education purposes.
It also shows the continued gullibility of Prince George's County voters who claim to oppose higher taxes, but keep electing such people and refuse to send any effective anti-tax voices to Annapolis.
In my opinion, we'd be much better of with a two-party delegation that had at least a handful of opposition-party members to blow the whistle on the members who would rather raise taxes than manage existing resources effectively.
As it is, you can be certain that these folks will be back next year, if not in a special session, to raise the sales tax, the income tax, the property tax, and the gas tax, and any other taxes or fees they can think of. There is nobody to stop them because the voters of Prince George's County refused to elect, or even seriously consider, any real anti-tax candidates in the last election.
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Subject: Last minute attempt to usurp property tax cap! Date: Wed, 04 Apr 2007 01:12:48 -0400 (EDT) From: Educationdoctors@aol.com To: Educationdoctors@aol.com
As usual, watchdogs like me find myself with eight days to go to the end of the General Assembly session, exposing what members of Prince Georgeâs County State Delegation attempts to do to the people. Well, this year is no different.
While I believe that we need to keep Prince Georgeâs Community Hospital opened for all of the social reasons I could justify, I do not believe that our state legislators should resolve the financial problems by voiding the voter impose property tax cap to bail out a private company â" Dimensions Healthcare System. I am not going to reinvent the wheel, Mr. Art Turner did an excellent job in capturing the essence of why I am sending this email.
Delegate Barbara Frush, the chair of our Delegation and Delegate Doyle Niemann (Cheverly), is pushing HB510 â" a bill that would bail out Prince Georgeâs County Hospital by eliminating the voter imposed tax referendum on privately own property known as TRIM â" by asking property owners to give money to a private company that appears to have miss-managed a bunch of money. And, it appears that if Delegate Frush and Doyle Niemann can get the rest of Prince Georgeâs Delegation to agree, the rest of the House of Delegate members will agree and if that happens, the bill will surely pass the House â" with less than eight days to go!
But, I hear members of our Senate Delegation do not agree with the House Delegation. However, we have to let Delegate Barbara Frush, Doyle Niemann and the rest of our delegation know we disagree with their agenda and they need find another way to pay to keep the hospital opened. Below is an email sent by Arthur Turner and attached is his written testimony â" opposing HB510. Do not be fooled by unions and other reps â" they can find money from other sources to keep the hospital opened, it does not have to be raising our property taxes, which we capped.
Think about this. Why are we protecting the interest of a private firm with tax dollars? Why does our delegation continue to under mind the people that keep voting for them? Read Mr. Turnerâs testimony. I am sure you will have plenty more questions to ask our delegation.
After you have completed your reading assignment, please take a few more minutes and send the Prince Georgeâs House Delegation an email reminding them you are watching and will remember their vote when it counts. As usual, thanks for standing ready.
PS: Visit my web site to see what bills I support and oppose. Feel free to perform some last minute advocacy. The last day of the session is slated for April 10th â" that is if they can pass a budget!
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Sent from Arthur Turner â" member of the Democrat Central Committee
Attached, please find my testimony before the Maryland State Senate's Budget & Taxation Committee March 28th. House Bill 510 is very important and I am prayerful that the Senate will vote against this Bill. Please let your Senator know that they should vote against the bill!!!!
Shamefully, you should know that fear tactics are being used by proponents of the bill to urge the senators to vote for it. One Delegate (Doyle Nieman) actually said something like, you should vote for this bill or the hospital will close. If it closes, the people in Prince George's County could be coming to a hospital in your district. What does that mean and what was the intent of such a comment? From all that I have talked to or heard from, all felt that the comment was insensitive and charged with stereotypical nonsensical venom! SHAMEFUL!!
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