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Busch Appoints Study Group to Make Case for Tax Hikes

Delegate Mike Busch is appointing a new commission to try to make the case for tax hikes in Maryland:

Maryland House of Delegates Speaker Michael Busch is starting a work group to explore causes of poverty in the state and potential solutions.

Del. Stephen Lafferty, a Baltimore County Democrat, will lead the House of Delegates Study Group to Study Economic Stability in Maryland.

“Thousands of Maryland families work hard, pay taxes and consistently find themselves falling further and further behind each year,” Busch, an Anne Arundel County Democrat, said in a statement. “We need to create opportunity and pathways to the middle class for all Marylanders.”

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Members will investigate issues such as employment, housing, food security, transportation and health care. They’ll focus in particular on families that aren’t consistently eligible for government assistance and hit a “benefits cliff.”

Busch appointed 12 delegates to this commission. If you want to know where this Commission is going, note that fact that of the twelve members, ten of them are Democrats. One of the appointees is Eric Luedtke, who of course has always thought Maryland has a “revenue problem” who has sought to deepen the suffering of Maryland middle and working-class families through higher taxes.

The real problem with the commission, of course, is the fact that the commission is looking to find ways to expand the “social safety net” for Maryland families. Talking about concerns that there are families who hit a “benefits cliff” shows that Busch and his Democratic cohorts are not looking for ways to get families off of benefits so they can be self-sufficient without government assistance, but instead are making the case to get more families on government assistance and passing the necessary tax cuts to fund that expansion of assistance.

Like the Kirwan Commission, it’s another commission where the political outcomes will not be in doubt because the political outcomes were baked into its creation.

I do want to take another look though at Busch’s comments that were quoted in the Sun, however:

“Thousands of Maryland families work hard, pay taxes and consistently find themselves falling further and further behind each year,” Busch, an Anne Arundel County Democrat, said in a statement. “We need to create opportunity and pathways to the middle class for all Marylanders.”

Busch is actually correct on both accounts. Maryland families do work hard, they do pay taxes, and they are often falling further behind each year. And we do need to create opportunities for success for all Marylanders. However, it’s very clear from his 16 years as Speaker that Mike Busch has no interest in doing what is necessary to create opportunity and pathways to the middle class for all Marylanders. If he did, he would not have aided and abetted Martin O’Malley in passing forty consecutive tax increases. If he did, he would not have aided and abetted the Democrats expansion of the regulatory state. If he did, he would not have helped grease the skids for severely gerrymandered legislative districts that created a left-wing, anti-worker supermajority in the General Assembly. And if he did, he would not be pushing for a $15/hour minimum wage that is going to put hardworking people out of work and raise the cost of goods and services for all Marylanders.

It’s hard to take Mike Busch seriously that he wants to create a robust and self-sufficient middle class with his record and his lack of self-awareness.

While it’s great that Speaker Busch wants to give lip service to creating opportunities for all Marylanders, it’s very clear with his appointments to this commission that Busch is merely interested in creating an excuse to propose tax hikes on middle and working class Marylanders in the name of creating opportunities for middle and working class Marylanders. It’s tone-deaf political nonsense in a world where voters made a statement against taxes by re-electing Governor Larry Hogan, and the Commission’s results and subsequent recommendations for higher taxes should be dead on arrival once they are submitted.

 



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