We have to ask ourselves, why is Gov.Martin O'Malleyso determined to get this new casino that he is willing to do away with the current process in order to enable the casino to pass in a special session by taking the tax giveaway off the shoulders of the General Assembly and onto a special commission?
The members of the House of Delegates, much to their credit, have refused to be bullied into accepting the proposal to give the rich casino operators a 25 percent tax break, realizing how bad that looks when they just voted at the governor's request to raise taxes on so-called rich Marylanders in the past session.
The possible special session would be involve creating a commission to set the tax rate the casino will pay. What about the other three casinos already operating here? What will happen with them? Will they also receive a tax break? Just how much is Mr. O'Malley willing to give away in order to get the new casino approved? And why do we need a sixth casino when the fourth and fifth have not even been built?
What is the big deal here? What is the rush? Why not wait until they are completed before going forth with another?
Why do they need to have a special session, again wasting thousands of our tax dollars? Why can't they wait until January and the regular session?
We all need to pick up the phones and call our senators and delegates and tell them we do not want tax breaks for the rich while we are raked over the coals with taxes. We need to send e-mails with the same messages. We need to protest in Annapolis if the governor calls the special session.
If this is passed, every one of the senators and delegates and especially the governor should be ashamed of themselves for what they are doing to the people of this state.
I say no to tax breaks for the new casino while we are still paying and paying and paying.
Len Bender, Glen BurnieCopyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times