Speaker Busch: ‘Only 16% of Marylanders are being asked to pay a little more’

House Speaker Michael Busch

House of Delegates Speaker Michael Busch

In this podcast, House Speaker Michael Busch spoke to reporters about the budget and the cuts that would have to be made if tax increases don’t pass. “Only 16% of Marylanders are being asked to pay a little more.”

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Len Lazarick


Len Lazarick was the founding editor and publisher of MarylandReporter.com and is currently the president of its nonprofit corporation and chairman of its board He was formerly the State House bureau chief of the daily Baltimore Examiner from its start in April 2006 to its demise in February 2009. He was a copy editor on the national desk of the Washington Post for eight years before that, and has spent decades covering Maryland politics and government.


  1. Dale McNamee

    And in 2013, when the increased taxes on the $ 100,000+ /year earners doesn’t pan out…The “high earner” label will come down to those who earn from $ 90,000 and below… It’s coming because Annapolis needs more and more money…

    The taxes on tobacco and alcohol seem to be faltering…As are casino revenues since people don’t have the money to go to such places… I certainly don’t !  I try to avoid spending as often as I can… No luxuries, necessities only…

  2. abby_adams

    A prime example of the “prid pro quo” mindset of this long serving state leader! When this hike doesn’t raise enough to cover the bills, they will be moving down the food chain to keep feeding the budget beast! TERM LIMITS, new leadership!

  3. Meplath

    There is no reason why 16% of Marylanders should pay for the rest!  They should have raised the income tax for everyone by the quarter per cent  that Glendening and his cronies cut it.  Democrats are trying to cement their power with those who will not have to pay THIS tax.

  4. Whcampbell

    So it is “fair” to have 16% of Marylanders pay 100% of the income tax increase?  This is a cold political calculation by “Los Tres Amigos” (O’Malley, Miller & Busch) to gain favor with the 84% of Marylanders who won’t see an income tax increase.  If we are truly all in this together 100% of taxpayers should have had their taxes raised by 2.5%.  Well boys, the middle class that you are hosing are more politically active than most voters.  We give money to candidates and work for candidates.  I am going to work to get Senator Jim Robey out off office after his ill-informed vote for this tax increase.  In addition, I will actively support any candidate that runs against these tax and spend jerks!

  5. Caspiansails

    The speaker is an idiot.  Period.

    • Dale McNamee

      So are the voters who continue to re-elect him !

  6. Prescott50

    Speaker Busch just doesn’t get it. He is suggesting 16% is a good thing!  How insulting to those of us who are footing the bill for everyone else and for the states incompetence in controlling costs.Gimme a break. Montgomery county is footing the bill for the rest of the state. Montgomery and Howard counties combined account for over 90% of all the income earners that will be hit by this tax.  Smacks of redistribution of wealth. Thank God for Virginia. I buy my gas, my food and other goods, so it may be time to just move to VA.

  7. Iou1

    This is why we moved to FL 6 years ago.  Yes, property taxes are higher (but MD is catching up fast), higher sales tax (but MD is catching up on this one, too) but no state income tax.  Good luck, Marylanders!

  8. KatieSilverSpring

    Only 16%? like me, a widow who lives in downtown Silver Spring trying to stay in the house for the sake of my still-in-school child, trying to swim above the property taxes, county taxes, gas taxes, bag taxes and state taxes, paying her UMd tuition you jack up each year and YOUR PET PROJECTS, sir!

    How about trying to cut 16% out of your budget?  I want to tell my legislators a thing or two but they don’t care.  They focus on arguing over same-sex marriage, placing windmills in someone else’s backyard so we can develop enough energy to “fuel” them (and pack their pockets from industry donors). 

    I suggest you build a casino in Takoma Park and they will come!  oh that’s right, my legislators don’t want “them” to come; NIMBY that they are.

    Reelection time, Mr. Busch, Sen. Raskin, Del. Mizeur, Del. Hucker, Del. Hixson, is right around the corner.