GOP take on March Madness
The state party released their own brackets: It sets up a competition between eight of the "worst" taxes that lawmakers in Annapolis are considering.
On the court, according to the state GOP, are taxes on gas; booze; millionaires (the GOP is re-naming it a 'high-earners tax'); businesses; snacks; energy (refers to Gov. Martin O'Malley's off-shore wind proposal); tobacco and bags.
Some of these taxes are looking far more likely than others: The appetite for raising the gas tax, for example, seems to have diminished amid rising gas prices after turmoil in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Bahrain. And an O'Malley-appointed commission recommended against a "tax on businesses" (a.k.a. combined reporting), making that an unlikely levy this year.
But nobody's ruling out other hikes, including a possible customer-level sales sales tax on beer, wine and liquor.
Some of those decisions are going to shake out in the next few days as the General Assembly grapples with the $14 billion general fund budget. The full House Appropriations committee will meet tomorrow to vote on cuts.