New Poll Shows Majority of Marylanders Oppose Tax Increases to Fund Education

Maryland’s Voters Firmly Believe They Are Taxed Too Much

News Release, House Minority Caucus Maryland General Assembly

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The House Minority Caucus today released polling data proving the majority of Marylanders oppose paying higher taxes to fund increases in education spending. The poll was conducted by Gonzales Research & Media Services from December 23, 2019, through January 4, 2020.

The poll found that a whopping 94% of Maryland voters believe they pay enough or too much in taxes with 65% of responding that they and their families pay too much. When asked specifically if they are willing to pay higher taxes to fund increases in education spending, 52% of Marylanders say NO, with 55% of women rejecting higher taxes for education.

Less than 2% of respondents were willing to pay the thousands in taxes each year that will be necessary to increase spending at proposed levels. 

“These poll results confirm what we already believed to be true,” said House Minority Leader Nic Kipke. “Maryland families are not willing to absorb the massive tax increases that will be necessary to fund this surge in education spending.”

“Maryland families are still making payments on the last failed education plan,” said House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga, referring to the spending increases required by the Thornton Commission, the last revamp of education funding that failed to achieve many positive outcomes. “It is no surprise that taxpayers are suspicious of another set of vague promises tied to massive spending amounts. It is their money that is being thrown at the problem, and they’ve seen this all before.”

The polling results are available here.


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