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Divided Lower Shore Delegation On Special Session In Annapolis

 

 The Lower Shore delegation found itself divided over the legislation approved in Annapolis during this week’s special session.

State Senator Jim Mathias voted for the measure that would shift some teacher pension costs to local governments.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Worcester Democrat opposed the proposed tax hikes on individuals making $100-thousand and joint filers earning $150-thousand of taxable income.  

Meanwhile, State Senator Rich Colburn voted against both bills.

The Dorchester Republican called the tax hike bad policy during a time when his constituents were suffering from the recession.

Delegate Norm Conway voted for both bills.

The Wicomico Democrat said without the special session to address the revenue problem the state’s Triple-A bond rating could have been put in jeopardy.

Finally, Republican Delegates Mike McDermott and Charles Otto voted against both budget bills.  

           

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.