Maryland Business Groups React to Union Report Calling for Maryland Tax Increases Topping a Billion Dollars

ANNAPOLIS, Nov. 19, 2019 – SEIU, the union representing public schools, colleges, and universities, has recommended that Maryland raise taxes  an additional $1.6 billion annually to fund the Kirwan Commission’s recommendation for a large increase in school funding. NFIB, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and the Maryland Retailers Association—partners in protecting the business community in Maryland—warn that any drastic increase in state taxes will ultimately fall upon taxpayers and small businesses.

“The union said they propose raising taxes on ‘profitable corporations and super-rich individuals,’ but large employers can easily pick up, move to a business-friendly state, and take their employees with them. We’ve already seen it happen in Maryland,” said Mike O’Halloran, state director of NFIB in Maryland. “Then any massive increase in school funding falls on the backs of small businesses and all taxpayers who are left holding the bag.”

“The Maryland business community has a longstanding commitment to supporting education, and this misguided proposal will hamper our ability to continue to invest in educational programs and workforce development opportunities for students across the state,” added Christine Ross, President and CEO of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. “In addition, it will hurt our small businesses, who make up 92 percent of companies in the state and employ more than 1 million Marylanders.”

“This union-backed plan of more taxes will create an untenable situation for small businesses, their employees, and Maryland taxpayers,” said Cailey Locklair, president of the Maryland Retailers Association. “Labor unions are going back to the well with this plan. The public understands more taxes mean less opportunities for growth.”

The SEIU report also suggests a number of changes to the state’s individual income tax laws. Among the proposed changes are:

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To learn more about the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Maryland’s only statewide business advocacy organization, please visit www.mdchamber.org.

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