The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Subsidies to big businesses continue, even while mayor claims city service cuts and tax increases are necessary

Apr 2, 2001

Mayor Martin O'Malley says there are only two ways to balance Baltimore's budget for the coming fiscal year. One: lay off city workers with resulting cuts in city services such as trash pick-up, pollution control, street maintenance, parks and recreation and public housing.

The other option, according to the mayor is a tax increase: on utilities, income or both.

The one thing the mayor never proposes is to reduce the tax breaks and other subsidies that the city has given to the rich owners of Baltimore's downtown hotels and office buildings. Nor does he suggest that businesses should pay more taxes.

Listening to O'Malley, you'd never know that the city has spent millions helping out the wealthy owners of the Baltimore Orioles and the Ravens. Why not make them pay a few millions to the city in return for all the services the city has already provided.

Yes, use taxes to balance the budget –taxes on those most able to pay: the corporations and the super wealthy!