The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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

Maryland Republicans and Democrats Debate:
Which Is Best Way to Make Working People Pay

Mar 29, 2004

Republican Governor Bob Ehrlich of Maryland has been pushing for the legalization of slot machine gambling in the state, supposedly to raise more money for public schools.

Speaker Michael Busch and other Democrats in the House of Delegates oppose legalization of slots, talking about the poverty and bankruptcies that working people pulled into gambling will confront. Instead, they recently approved a package of tax increases that fall mostly on working people too, including higher sales and vehicle titling taxes. While the package includes a hike in income taxes on rich people, this increase, unlike all the others, would expire in 5 years.

Both Democrats and Republicans act as though these are the only choices for financing education and other vital services and programs. It’s not true. The state continues to give away subsidies and tax breaks worth billions of dollars a year to the corporations and the wealthy who own them.

Tax the people who have the wealth.