The State Senate passed an increase in the income tax, 26 to 20.
While only Democrats voted for it, eight of them sided with Republicans in rejecting the measure, which will increase taxes. In this podcast from Duane Keenan, Senate President Mike Miller explains that progressive Democrats in his caucus demanded a higher tax on high earners.
“I needed to get 24 votes,” Miller says. Minority Leader E.J. Pipkin says, “It will cost us jobs.”
“It’s class warfare,” says Sen. Bobby Zirkin in a second podcast from Keenan. “It’s the worst instincts of the Democratic Party,” said the Baltimore County Democrat who voted against the tax hike.
This budget package “reduces the structural deficit 70%,” says Sen. Rich Madaleno, D-Montgomery, who supported the increase.