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GOP responds to O’Malley’s State of the State

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Republicans are rebutting Gov. Martin O’Malley’s State of the State speech by criticizing his tax proposals.

Sen. E.J. Pipkin, the Senate minority leader, gave the GOP’s response on Wednesday.

Pipkin, R-Cecil, says the governor is relying too much on tax increases to address a $1.1 billion budget deficit.

The senator says the Democratic governor’s proposals are nothing more than the same old tax and spend policies that have slowed economic growth in Maryland.

O’Malley, who is hoping to persuade lawmakers the new revenues are needed to secure the state’s future, has proposed a variety of tax increases. They include a 6 percent sales tax on gasoline, phasing it in by 2 percent a year. He also is proposing an increase in the state’s “flush tax” on sewer bills.