Monday afternoon seemed to be tax day for over 30 local politicians and small business owners as they gathered for a meeting at a gas station on the Golden Mile.
Monday afternoon seemed to be tax day for over 30 local politicians and small business owners as they gathered for a meeting at a gas station on the Golden Mile. The gathering was a result of the 3.5 cent increase in the gas tax and numerous toll increases at various facilities around the State of Maryland. Local small businessman Charlie Wearing, who attended, operates a large truck for hauling. Wearing says, "It will now cost me over $300 to fill my tanks with fuel in Maryland. Depending on the jobs I get, I have to fill up the truck every other day."
Owner of the Shell Station who hosted the event, Joe Parsley is concerned, "Customers will be driven away to nearby states to purchase their fuel. The politicians also have built in an automatic tax increase so they don't have to vote on increases again.I send legislators to Annapolis to openly vote on issues"
Rich Agoris who owns a Crown Station in Brunswick says, "We are literally across the river from Virginia and it is not hard for drivers to cross over to Virginia to purchase their fuel. This not the only time Maryland businesses have had their business cut by taxation. In recent year we have seen increases in the alcohol, tobacco, and sales taxes all of which have cut into local sales."
Delegates, Michael Hough, Kathy Afzali, and Kelly Schultz all spoke about Governor O'Malley's administration's tendencies to increase taxes without regard to how the increases impact small business owners and taxpayers of the state. Hough further pointed out, "Maryland citizens cannot avoid paying these taxes since they are dependent on their cars for a living."
The only State Senator who attended the rally was Frederick's David Brinkley. His concern is that, "These tax increases go toward public transportation in and unfair manor. According to Brinkley, "92% of the p[public is supporting just 8% of the people who ride the Rapid Rail transport in Baltimore."According to Brinkley, Western Marylanders get no other benefit from the taxes that go to supporting public transportation.