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Delegate Gilchrist proposes Extending Sales Taxes on More Businesses

Maryland State Delegate Jim Gilchrist of Rockville has proposed a far reaching change to the Maryland tax code that would add sales taxes to 34 additional services starting January 1, 2013 including:

  • cable television
  • automobile repair warranties
  • auto repair and road service
  • parking (although it exempts state government, of course)
  • docking services
  • shoe repair
  • public lockers
  • employment agencies
  • temporary help
  • tax preparation services
  • notary public
  • testing labs
  • weighing machines
  • physical fitness facilities
  • dieting services
  • barbers and hair stylists
  • management consulting
  • pest exterminators
  • interior decorating
  • shop window decorating

Really?  Do we need more taxes in this economy? Do we want to add more government paperwork to small businesses, such as barbers, interior decorators, and shoe repairmen?  Tax the service that helps prepare our taxes? Tax unemployed people who are trying to get temporary job or get help from an employment agency?  Really?

This change in the law has not been adopted but is under consideration by the State House of Delegates, so you still have time to voice your opinion.  State government legislation is notoriously hard to follow (and the legislature has been reluctant to be more transparent because it would mean giving up control) but according to the Rockville Chamber of Commerce, House Bill 1051 will be heard by the Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday, March 6.  If you have concerns, contact the delegates that represent Rockville:

Read House Bill 1051 for yourself–everything in bold capitals is new.

Stepping Stones Shelter hosts VIPs and Volunteers

Volunteers clearing brush at Stepping Stones Shelter

Volunteers clearing brush at Stepping Stones Shelter

Despite the rainy weather, more than one hundred volunteers came to the Stepping Stones Shelter in the Jefferson Square/Hungerford section of Rockville today as part of the National Day of Service commemorating 9-11.  When I arrived at 1 pm, it was buzzing with people.  They had removed carpet from the house exposing the original oak floors, were fixing radiator covers on the front porch, clearing LOTS of brush from the woods, and refinishing picnic tables in the back yard to make the historic house a more attractive and enjoyable place for its residents and staff.  The project in Rockville launched a three-year partnership between Continue reading →

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