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A Brief Reintroduction To Martin O’Malley (Before He Fades Away)

- July 27, 2016

MARYLAND IS SICK OF O'MALLEY AND HIS LIBERAL POLICIES

O'Malley's Lt. Governor Anthony Brown's Failure To Win The Governorship Was A "Rebuke" Of O'Malley

Brown's Loss "Clearly Reflected Unhappiness With O'Malley." "And Wednesday morning, as O'Malley grappled with implications of Republican Larry Hogan's stunning upset of Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in this bluest of states-a victory that clearly reflected unhappiness with O'Malley-the former governor had to be wondering if he has any national future at all." (Justin Snow, "Martin O'Malley's First Presidential Primary," Politico Magazine , 11/3/14)

  • "Brown Ran On Continuing O'Malley's Policies, So His Defeat Will Be Read As A Rejection Of The Governor, Who Can't Afford A Big Loss." (Alex Seitz-Wald, "2016 Starts Now," MSNBC, 11/5/14)

Brown's Position As O'Malley's Lieutenant Governor Became An "Albatross" During His General Election Against Larry Hogan. "But Brown's greatest strength in the primary - his two terms as Gov. Martin O'Malley's understudy - became his albatross against Republican Larry Hogan, whose commanding victory Tuesday stunned Maryland's Democratic establishment." (Paul Schwartzman, "Hogan Won Maryland Governor's Race By Seizing The Message Of The Campaign," The Washington Post , 11/5/14)

An October 2014 Washington Post - University Of Maryland Poll Found That 48 Percent Of Marylanders Disapprove Of The Job O'Malley Has Done As Governor, Compared To Only 41 Percent That Approve. ("Few Maryland Democrats Would Support O'Malley In 2016," The Washington Post , 10/14/14)

An October 2014 Washington Post - University Of Maryland Poll Found That 70 Percent Of Marylanders Do Not Think O'Malley Would Make A Good President While A Miniscule 14 Percent Do Think He Would Make A Good President. ("Few Maryland Democrats Would Support O'Malley In 2016," The Washington Post , 10/14/14)

O'MALLEY WAS FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE AND SIGNED INTO LAW "THE LARGEST TAX INCREASE" IN MARYLAND HISTORY

As Maryland Governor In 2008, O'Malley Signed The Largest Tax Increase In Maryland History Into Law. "Maryland will begin implementing the largest tax increase in state history today, when higher tobacco, vehicle titling and corporate income taxes and sweeping changes to personal income tax rates go into effect." (Philip Rucker, "Many of Md. Tax Increases Will Go Into Effect Today," The Washington Post, 1/1/08)

Over Eight Years, O'Malley Increased Taxes 40 Times And Doubled The Cumulative Tax Burden. "In Maryland current Governor Martin O'Malley is plotting a vanity run for President, but his would-be successor, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, is facing a stronger-than-expected challenge from Republican businessman Larry Hogan. One reason is that Mr. O'Malley increased taxes 40 times over eight years, doubling the cumulative tax burden." (Editorial, "Tax Hike Election Reckoning," The Wall Street Journal, 11/2/14)

"During O'Malley's Tenure, Lawmakers Have Raised A String Of Taxes, Including The Income Tax On Those Earning $100,000 Or More, The Corporate Tax, The Sales Tax, The Gas Tax And The Tobacco Tax." (Fredrick Kunkle, "O'Malley Unveils $39 Billion Budget That He Says Closes Shortfall Without Raising Taxes," The Washington Post , 1/15/14)

  • O'Malley Raised The State Of Maryland's Top Income Tax Rate To 5.75 Percent - Combined With The 3.2 Percent County Rate, Some Marylanders Pay A 8.95 Percent Rate. "He said that four new brackets were added to income tax, pushing the top rate much higher. He said the top income tax rate is now 5.75 percent in the state, but Maryland has a unique arrangement among other states that taxes at the county level as much as an additional 3.2 percent, meaning the top rate in Maryland is really 8.95 percent." (Chris Polk, "Speakers Outline State Tax Increases And Spending," The Star Democrat, 10/27/14)
  • O'Malley Raised A Temporary Millionaire Surtax, Doubled The Cigarette Tax, And Increased Maryland's Sales Tax And Gas Tax. "'I think you are aware that there is a whole slew of other taxes that were raised too,' he said. He named a temporary millionaire surtax, a doubling of the cigarette tax, an increase of Maryland's sales tax, and an increase in gas tax, among others." (Chris Polk, "Speakers Outline State Tax Increases And Spending," The Star Democrat, 10/27/14)
  • O'Malley Levied A "Flush Tax" On Household Water And Sewage Use. "At the risk of omitting some of the less noteworthy among his ideas, here's a brief rundown of the main state levies the governor would raise: Income taxes on anyone making more than $100,000. The 'flush tax' on household water and sewage use." (Editorial, "Maryland's O'Malley Offers A Bold Budget," The Washington Post , 1/19/12)

Maryland Is One Of Only Two States Left With Both An Inheritance Tax And An Estate Tax. "He said that Maryland is one of only two states left that have both an inheritance tax and an estate tax; the other is New Jersey. 'In the last 10 years, more than 20 states have dropped their inheritance and/or estate tax,' McBride said. 'It's just quickly disappearing.' He said the inheritance and estate taxes have proved destructive to family-owned businesses and farms, and just destructive in general to the accumulation of capital. 'It's in essence destructive to economic growth,' he said." (Chris Polk, "Speakers Outline State Tax Increases And Spending," The Star Democrat, 10/27/14)

State Spending Increased By Double-Digits Under O'Malley

According To William McBride Of The Tax Foundation, Spending Went Up Every Year Since O'Malley Took Office. "Maryland 'takes the cake' when it comes to raising taxes, especially in the last seven years, according to a Washington, D. C. economist with the nonpartisan organization Tax Foundation. William McBride, chief economist on the federal policy team of the Tax Foundation gave a rundown of Maryland's rankings across the nation during a special forum held on the eve of the early voting period. … 'First of all, it has been mentioned that spending is driving the tax increases of late and indeed although the current governor did run on a platform of reducing spending, by our calculation spending went up every year since he took office,' McBride said." (Chris Polk, "Speakers Outline State Tax Increases And Spending," The Star Democrat, 10/27/14)

  • McBride Said State Spending Has Increased 30 Percent During O'Malley's Administration. "McBride reported that spending was increasing 'at a rapid rate' even before Gov. O'Malley took office, but by his organization's calculations state spending has increased 30 percent during the governor's administration. 'That exceeds the growth of income in the state,' McBride said. 'So the growth in spending has outstripped people's income.'" (Chris Polk, "Speakers Outline State Tax Increases And Spending," The Star Democrat, 10/27/14)

The Ehrlich Administration's FY2007 Budget Included $29.649 Billion In Expenditures. (Maryland Budget Highlights FY 2007, Maryland's Department Of Budget And Management, 1/18/06)

The O'Malley Administration's FY2015 Budget Included $39.224 Billion In Expenditures. (Maryland Budget Highlights FY 2015, Maryland's Department Of Budget And Management, 1/15/14)

O'Malley Left Maryland With A Nearly $1.2 Billion Budget Shortfall

Nearing The End Of O'Malley's Governorship, The Washington Post Reported Maryland's Budget Shortfall Swelled To Nearly $1.2 Billion. "A two-year budget shortfall facing Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan (R) swelled to nearly $1.2 billion on Monday after a state panel revised its forecasts for tax collections to reflect still-sluggish growth in the state's economy. The Board of Revenue Estimates projected the state will collect $123 million less in revenue than previously forecast during the remainder of this fiscal year, which ends in June, and $148 million less during the following year. The write-downs widen what were already projected gaps of nearly $300 million this year and $600 million next year in Maryland's roughly $16 billion general fund budget." (John Wagner, "Maryland Budget Shortfall Swells After Latest Revenue Estimates," The Washington Post , 12/15/14)

  • Maryland's Economic Recovery Was "Still-Sluggish" At The End Of O'Malley's Governorship. "A two-year budget shortfall facing Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan (R) swelled to nearly $1.2 billion on Monday after a state panel revised its forecasts for tax collections to reflect still-sluggish growth in the state's economy." (John Wagner, "Maryland Budget Shortfall Swells After Latest Revenue Estimates," The Washington Post , 12/15/14)

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