Md. House Democrats decry Tea Partier’s proposed fees

ANNAPOLIS — Members of the newly formed Maryland Tea Party Caucus are pushing a series of bills to give counties the power to raise fees, proposals House Democrats are calling “hypocritical.”

The tea partiers’ measures would increase assessments from Anne Arundel County’s liquor board and give the Somerset County Sanitary Commission power to fine residents who pay their water and sewer bills late.

A separate measure put in by the House Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell, R-Calvert, would allow Calvert County officials to levy a fee to help with road construction. O’Donnell is not a member of the Tea Party Caucus.

House Democrats said Wednesday they are tired of helping Republicans support their counties while getting bashed when they try the same thing.