Survey and Sunshine Tax
I’d like to take the time to send you a quick update. Today I have two items for your consideration: a quick legislative survey and an update on the “sunshine” tax veto override. Thanks for taking the time to read and participate.
I would like to know where you stand on several key issues like taxes, spending, Obamacare, and transportation.
Please take a moment to fill out a very short informal survey that will be very helpful as this year’s session gets underway. (Survey not at taxpayer’s expense)
Link to our opinion survey: http://www.voteformattmorgan.com/voterpoll
If you have other areas of concern that is not included in the survey, or would like to discuss any issue further, please email my office at [email protected]
Veto Override Vote Delayed
The anticipated vote to overturn Governor Hogan’s veto of HB 921/ SB 1106 the “sunshine tax bill” has been delayed for the third week. If the veto override comes up I will be voting with and supporting the same stance as Governor Hogan.
Upholding the veto of this bill is and should be important to every citizen in the State. It has been billed as a job creating legislation, however because of the staggering costs of solar and wind, taxpayers would have to finance the construction of facilities, subsidize them to keep them operational, and be rewarded only with higher energy costs long into the future, thus negating any positives gained by these jobs.
A few things to consider are:
- Solar and wind endeavors continue to be a heavily subsidized industry, often still failing spectacularly as we have seen with Solyndra, the Silicon Valley startup that collapsed, leaving taxpayers liable for $535 million in federal guarantees. Closer to home, in 2011 BP Solar closed its plant in Frederick leaving the business altogether because it can't make money, despite huge subsidies.
- Solar power is about three times as expensive as electricity produced by natural gas, ensuring that Maryland taxpayers are forking over more money to provide energy to state agencies.
- Much of the clean energy business is mandated by government standards, and is still dependent on government subsidies through tax credits and special financing.” This leads to higher rates paid by every ratepayer in MD. Private homes, small businesses, hospitals and charities will all be asked to fork over more money just to keep the lights on.
- Ratepayers are already on the hook for $126 million for renewable energy credits in 2015, and this legislation will continue to increase that number each year.
- Maryland relies heavily purchasing renewable energy credits from other states, sending taxpayer dollars to Virginia, Pennsylvania and others, and providing no returns, creating zero jobs, and no benefit to Maryland Citizens.
I cannot in good conscience place this hefty burden on the taxpayer. As I have stated above I will oppose the effort to override this veto and will vote to uphold the Governor’s veto.