Annapolis – House Minority Leader Nic Kipke and Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga today issued the following statement regarding Governor Hogan’s plan to hold the line on taxes:

“The information that came from the Comptroller’s Office this morning confirmed what we already knew to be true,” said House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga. “The Republican-led effort to cut taxes on the federal level will allow Marylanders to keep significantly more of their hard-earned money. Marylanders will be paying $2.8 billion dollars less in federal taxes as a direct result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.”

“Democrats have made Maryland one of the highest-taxed states in the country,” said House Minority Leader Nic Kipke. “Our hardworking taxpayers do not need another tax hike. I urge Democratic leaders to support the Governor’s simple, fair, and honest approach that will hold the line on taxes and allow Marylanders to fully benefit from the federal tax cuts without being penalized on their state taxes.”

Now it is time for the General Assembly to do its part. Governor Hogan has appointed a competent bipartisan team of former legislators to negotiate a solution with the General Assembly. We urge the majority leaders to join with the Governor to find a common sense, bipartisan solution.