The Maryland Public Policy Institute
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEWS MEDIA CONTACT
Christopher B. Summers, President
July 17, 2012 – The Maryland Public Policy Institute today criticized a plan by Governor Martin O’Malley and legislative leaders to “outsource” the setting of tax rates to a new unelected commission. According to published reports, the plan would be applied to a potential sixth casino venue at National Harbor in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
“Governor O’Malley’s plan to outsource the setting of tax rates to unelected consultants is plain wrong,” said Christopher Summers, president of the Maryland Public Policy Institute. “If our leaders want to carve out tax giveaways for billionaire developers two months after raising taxes on families they should have the courage to do it themselves.”
“Additionally, there is no rationale for rushing in to a special session to expand gambling in Maryland. If adding a casino at National Harbor is a good idea in July then it will be a good idea in January when our legislators have a chance to carefully consider and debate its merits.”