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#1 Oct 4, 2007
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to take a moment to express my opinion on the recent job cuts that the State of Maryland has recently implemented and what that personally means to me. I grew up in Harford County, Maryland. I started elementary school here, when my parents moved here to give the family a better start at careers. I then went through middle school and high school in Bel Air and continued with an associates degree at Harford Community College. The trend was to continue with Maryland education, but I realized that was not an affordable option. So, I enrolled at York College in Pennsylvania, where I commuted every day in a 50 minute drive while I continued to live and work full time in Maryland for the next four years.
While in college, I met my husband and we looked at the housing options in Maryland. We realized that even though we were making "good" money with solid jobs, we were never going to make enough money to afford to purchase a home in Maryland. At that realization, we moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We lived there for a year when I completed my bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. I was offered a Case Mgmt. Specialist I position at the Dept. of Juvenile Justice in Horry County and $35,000/ yr. I declined the offer, as my husband and I agreed that Maryland would give us better career opportunities- so we moved back home to Maryland.
So, here we are back in Maryland. I tested for the Dept. of Juvenile Services at the beginning of this year, and by summer time, I was interviewing with the Cecil County Department of Juvenile Services and offered a position of Case Mgmt Specialist I position at $30,000/ yr. Last month, I completed the last of my paperwork with the I9 for an W-4. I thought, wow this is really going to work out... my education complete, a new home, and great job. WRONG- today I received a phone call, not with my official start date, but with "I'm sorry your position is no longer available, and I don't know if one will be available again."
So, I guess my opinion is that as a Marylander, I am extremely disappointed that after all the hard work to get here, to become a loyal MARYLANDER, nothing in the government is working to benefit me or my family. I had to go out-of-state for my college education, had to leave the state of Maryland to buy my first home, and at a third chance- I will not be able to work in Maryland. My option is again, out-of-state to look for a career. After the outrageous housing prices, tax increases, tuition increases, a lack of jobs- what more is there to say, the State of Maryland is not interested in helping those who are here right now. I was even willing to take a $15,000 pay decrease to do what I love- working with the Department of Juvenile Service. How do you tell everyone- I was given a job position by the State of Maryland, but they took it away from me before I could even start? And there were at least 146 other position that were also taken away- so there are at least 146 other MARYLANDERS who I would assume share some part of my opinion.
I hope this encourages some enlightenment to how the constituents of Maryland feel on a personal level.
#2 Oct 5, 2007
I have no intention of complaining about Mr. O'Malley's proposals. In fact, the only complaining I've heard or read about them is from Republicans.
Cigarette taxes doubling: Good. Maybe fewer people will insist on their "right" to pollute the air that I breathe.
Closing corporate tax loopholes: Good - recovering money from the people who make obscene profits and hide them from tax liabilities in out-of-state corporate structures. What is wrong with that?
Sales tax: I like the way people continue to spin this to obfuscate the fact that it's just a penny. Oooohhh...look out - it's not just a penny - it's TWENTY PERCENT! Run! Run!!
Higher income tax rates: Well, just as closing the corporate tax loopholes will, this idea will simply level the playing field - and by that I mean that the people who make more will pay more. Sounds FAIR to me...
Higher gas tax: Good. Perhaps people who drive gas-guzzling behemoths will finally stop using so much of the gas supply. What's that...everyone's entitled to however much gas they want? Ok...then they can pay the price and not complain. It's a matter of CHOICE; no one is forcing anyone to drive what they drive.
I see nothing wrong with any of the things that Mr. O'Malley has proposed. Closing corporate tax loopholes will simply require that corporations pay the taxes they have so far avoided paying. Raising taxes that are evenly applied across the board - sales tax, gas tax, cigarette tax - does not victimize any one group - it hits everyone evenly.
The only idea of Mr. O'malley's I do not like is slots. That's a bad idea no matter which party proposes it and it needs to go away forever.
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