Dereck Davis Opposes a 15 Cent Fee Cut
If you want to know what the archetype of a Liberal Maryland Democrat is, look no further than Congressional Candidate and House Economic Matters Committee Chairman Dereck Davis.
Governor Larry Hogan, in his effort to continue to do the people’s will, wants to save Maryland consumers $71 million in fees. These cuts include a whopping 15 cents a months for utility customers. You would think, after years and years of energy rate hikes given to us by Martin O’Malley and legislative Democrats, that there would be little objection to a fee reduction that would save consumers $1.80 a year.
Delegate Davis is having none of that though because he wants to spend $40 million on a cockamamie, useless jobs program:
“It’s why I wanted to hurry up and spend it,” said Del. Dereck Davis, House Economic Matters Committee chairman and a Prince George’s County Democrat who is pushing the jobs proposal.
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“It was out there like a sore thumb,” he said of the contested pool of money. “You could see this coming. … We need to do utility rate reductions whenever we can, but if it’s going to be minuscule, it’s better to do more to create jobs.”
The arrogance of Delegate Davis is appalling. “It’s why I wanted to hurry up and spend it.” There is no better definition of an out-of-touch, left-wing Democrats than somebody who is trying to hurry up and spend your taxpayer dollars on an unnecessary boondoggle before those tax dollars are reimbursed for the people.
And remember; Dereck Davis is saying this about a measly $1.80!
And why does Dereck Davis want to prevent you from getting your $1.80 back? So he can try and railroad a California-style green energy jobs program through the General Assembly. Mind you, any such make-work program will likely be vetoed by Governor Hogan. Because it certainly didn’t create many jobs in California:
Three years after California voters passed a ballot measure to raise taxes on corporations and generate clean energy jobs by funding energy-efficiency projects in schools, barely one-tenth of the promised jobs have been created, and the state has no comprehensive list to show how much work has been done or how much energy has been saved.
Money is trickling in at a slower-than-anticipated rate, and more than half of the $297 million given to schools so far has gone to consultants and energy auditors. The board created to oversee the project and submit annual progress reports to the Legislature has never met, according to a review by The Associated Press.
Voters in 2012 approved the Clean Energy Jobs Act by a large margin, closing a tax loophole for multistate corporations. The Legislature decided to send half the money to fund clean energy projects in schools, promising to generate more than 11,000 jobs each year.
Instead, only 1,700 jobs have been created in three years, raising concerns about whether the money is accomplishing what voters were promised.
Davis wants to prevent you from getting $1.80 back to implement Maryland’s version of that. Mind you, this is after years of Maryland’s Democrats trying of peddling the clean energy scam as the lifeblood to Maryland’s future economy, despite the fact that Democratic renewable energy policy have already costs Marylanders billions, failed to lower energy rates, costly, inefficient and unconstitutional programs, designed to further raise energy costs.
The sordid history of Democratic energy policies has been something Red Maryland has been all over since day one.
Democrats like Dereck Davis have absolutely no shame when it comes to refusing to cut taxes and fees for middle and working class Marylanders in order to create make-work programs for pet liberal causes to keep the Democratic donor class happy. It’s wrong-headed and goes against the very type of Change Marylanders voted for in 2014. Something that I’m willing to bet that even Democratic Congressional primary voters in District 4 would certainly agree with.