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Posted on January 25, 2002:

Senator Dyson During each General Assembly Session, I am pleased to keep you up-to-date on issues generating the most calls, e-mails and letters to my office.

So far, the most by far, have revolved around Senate Bill 163 of which I am a co-sponsor.

This legislation would exempt retired military personnel from paying Maryland State income tax.

In a time when we are putting our soldiers in harm’s way in Afghanistan and other parts of the world we once again realize the terrific sacrifices these men and women are making to make our country safe. While the mission has not been completed, we have been very successful so far in the war against terrorism.

By passing Senate Bill 163, the General Assembly would be showing our retired military how much we appreciate their service to our country.

Our retired military made many sacrifices so the least we can do is giving them some tax relief. Many retired military personnel are having troubles making ends meet. This will give them more money in their pockets that they would otherwise have to be sending off to the state comptroller.

In another development involving state income tax, Governor Glendening has threatened to delay the last phase of the 10 percent state income tax cut. I absolutely oppose this. A promise made is a promise that should be kept. The number one gripe about politicians is that they make promises to get elected then break them.

A lot of people still remember President George Herbert Walker Bush’s pledge to “Read my lips, no new taxes.”

Two years later, President Bush did agree to a tax increase and an unknown governor from Arkansas saw his chance at ascending to the presidency.

Me and many of my colleagues have vowed to fight the governor’s proposal so stay tuned.

I have also agreed to co-sponsor a nurses bill of rights that will address two of my major concerns that I discussed earlier. This bill would address mandatory overtime requirements of nurses. Currently, many nurses are required to work double shifts or more because of the shortage in the field. The bill also would allow nurses to report abuses they see as harmful to patients by all hospital personnel without having to worry about reprisals.

The nursing shortage is still a crisis and this bill will not end that crisis, but it will go along way towards stopping the hemorrhaging.

There is still much work to be done in Annapolis before we adjourn on April 9, but ensure fiscal responsibility during a recession will be one of our major charges. The fiscal picture in Annapolis is not nearly as rosy as it was for the past five years, but it is not as bad as you may be reading or hearing. I am confident that the General Assembly will vote on a reasonable budget that will meet our needs and continue to protect our state’s excellent bond rating.

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