I hope you have had a very good week in spite of all the things happening in our community and around the country. As we head into Thanksgiving week, we have more to be thankful for than we realize sometimes, so many are going through difficult times. If I can be helpful to you or your family, please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected] or call my office at 410-841-3683. After Thanksgiving I will be putting out more information about the upcoming 2021 General Assembly Session beginning in January, including my priorities and concerns, but I did want to share an important issue with you today.
Stopping Digital Ad Tax
At the very end of the 2020 legislative session, Democrats in the Maryland General Assembly rushed House Bill 732 – the Digital Ad Tax, a very shortsighted and deeply flawed bill, to the floor and it passed along party lines.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the normal legislative process was curtailed, and public input was limited. The outcome is a bill that will raise taxes on every single person and business that advertises their services online, from the smallest mom and pop to the largest corporation to your next-door neighbor.
I voted against and spoke against passing this bill. Raising taxes on small businesses struggling to survive is something that I will never support - taxes that are getting passed on to working families are equally bad. Thankfully, Governor Hogan vetoed the Digital Ad Tax but the legislators who pushed it are planning on overturning his veto when they come back to Annapolis in January. Maryland would have the notorious distinction of being the only state in the country to enact a digital advertising tax. There is a coalition that's come together to fight this tax hike and support sustaining the governor's veto - Marylanders for Tax Fairness.
If you want to join with me and Marylanders for Tax Fairness in the fight to stop this tax, below are three things you can do right away:
- Sign the Marylanders For Tax Fairness petition
- For businesses and even those self-employed, you can join the coalition by adding your business name/logo to Marylanders For Tax Fairness's coalition page by emailing [email protected]
- Share your support / encourage others to do the same on social media #MDTaxFairness #badtimebadidea
State Funds for Important Carroll County Services Approved:
A loan from the Department of Housing and Community Development for $2,450,000 under the Shelter and Transitional Housing Facilities Program to the Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland for the Family Support Center at Westend. This Center is the sole provider for victims of violence in Carroll County. The newly constructed Domestic Violence will create new housing by increasing the number of available beds from 12 to 20. The new beds will also be accessible to Persons with Disabilities, enabling the Family Support Center to expand services to victims of elder abuse.
A grant for $650,000 to the Board of Trustees of Carroll Hospice, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement and capital equipping of Carroll Hospice Dove House.
A grant for $800,000 to the Board of Trustees of Carroll Hospital Center, Inc. to assist in the design, construction, and equipping of a new critical care unit on the Hospital’s Campus.
It is my honor to serve you in the Maryland State Senate.
Sen. Justin Ready