Ready Report- March 19, 2018
Good Afternoon everyone. Session has reached its own version of March Madness with three weeks left in the 2018 Legislative Session.
Governor Hogan and General Assembly Republicans Fight for State Income Tax Reform.
Earlier in Session 2018, I informed you of my support for Governor Hogan’s tax relief package. The Governor’s plan was to “hold Marylanders harmless” to the changes made the Federal Tax Code after President Trump’s tax reform was signed into law.
While most American’s will receive a tax break from the new tax codes, high income tax states like Maryland stand to receive a revenue windfall. State Revenues are estimated to come in around $400 million higher than expected. Governor Hogan’s plan has been to give a large quantity, if not all, back to the rightful owners, the taxpayers.
Unfortunately, the majority party in the General Assembly will do whatever it takes to stop Governor Hogan and our progress. Governor Hogan’s plan focuses on the idea of decoupling federal and state tax returns and allow Marylanders to take the standard deduction in MD even if they itemized at the Federal level, and vice versa.
The Senate Budget and Tax committee rejected the Governor’s plan and put out their own version of changes to the Maryland tax code. These changes are disputed to the effect they will have on Maryland Taxpayers, and I am monitoring this bill closely. I will keep you up to date on the latest developments.
Senator Ready with Sheriff DeWees and State's Attorney DeLeonardo
The Tackle Football Ban Bill is Dead!
As you might have heard in the press, a member of the House of Delegates put in a bill that would ban tackle football until high school. I strongly disagree with this bill. While it was in the House and I did not get to vote on it, I applaud our Delegates Shoemaker and Rose, who were on the Committee that helped kill the bill.
This legislation was an answer looking for a problem. Learning how to tackle your opponent in a safe and effective manner is an essential part of youth football. If anything, this bill would have made athletes more susceptible to injury. Players would have been forced to learn how to tackle against young men rather than boys who hit substantially less hard. If parents do not want their kids to play tackle football, it is up for them to make that decision, not the Maryland General Assembly. I am thankful that the Committee killed this bill.
Senator Ready will local tag and title representatives.