Health Care Advocates Want To Hike Payroll, Cigarette & Alcohol Taxes
Just days after legislative analysts warned that Maryland is facing a $200 million-dollar deficit, health care advocates are lobbying the leadership of the General Assembly to hike taxes on payroll, tobacco and alcohol to pay for health insurance for the state’s uninsured.
According to the Gazette, Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, is already heavily lobbying legislative leaders such as state Senate Finance Chairman Thomas McLain Middleton, Democrat representing Waldorf on various new tax hike proposals.
Middleton told the Gazette that although nothing has been finalized, that DeMarco told him that the plan to finance health coverage for the uninsured could include a 2 % payroll tax on all businesses, a 50-cent-per-pack tax on cigarettes — and higher taxes on beer, wine and liquor.
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Middleton also said any such plan decided upon is going to be “very, very controversial.”
That’s a major understatement.
This is exactly the kind of shot in the arm the Maryland Republican Party needs! Can you imagine the outrage Reagan Democrats and Independents will have in the Unfree State if their trusted Democratic leaders decide to dig even deeper into their pockets, and tax the very things they work so hard to enjoy?
All I can conclude is that the Democratic leaders in this state are so drunk with power that they fail to understand the serious economic and political consequences yet another series of tax hikes would have on the well being of the average taxpayer and their party.
What do you think?