Delegate Kathy Szeliga
In the midst of the global pandemic, while many people were out of work and everyone was home watching Netflix, the liberals in Annapolis rammed through a tax on digital streaming services (like Netflix). Governor Hogan vetoed this tax and his veto was overridden. Of course, I voted NO on the tax and fully supported and voted for Governor Hogan’s veto.
Not even a global pandemic can stop the liberals in Annapolis from passing a new $100 million annual tax on Maryland citizens.
We MUST repeal this silly tax, just like we repealed the Rain Tax. Watch and SHARE this great video on the digital tax and sign the petition using the buttons below!
SIGN THE PETITION: https://www.repealthedemtax.com/
WATCH THE VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqniD0t_TQY&t=1s
What is an Inspector General?
One requirement of an effective, accountable, and good government is oversight. Inspector generals work to conduct independent and objective investigations related to county, state, or federal programs and operations.
Here in Baltimore County and Baltimore City, the inspectors general are in the unique position to root out the governmental waste, fraud, and abuse plaguing our government.
Baltimore City Inspector General Isabel Mercedes Cumming has been hard at work in the City for three years now, having completed 120 investigations and saving Baltimore taxpayers more than $6 million (Fox45 Baltimore). Last year, her office reported that the Department of Public Works had wasted $800,000 in taxpayer dollars from abusing overtime.
At one point, the federal inspector general uncovered various Baltimore City Public School waste like engraved pens for principals, pricey chicken dinners, cruises round the inner harbor, and more all with money allocated specifically for students who needed it most.
The Office of the Inspector General does good work, and in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, it’s important that they are able to be effective and independent.
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A desperate need for accountability & transparency
Baltimore County Inspector General Kelly Madigan has done a substantial amount of good for the county. In recent months, her office uncovered misuse of government funds by a worker with political connections to several Baltimore County Council members and has since faced some harsh backlash m politicians.
Over the past few months, members of the Baltimore County Council have taken to making snide, inappropriate, and disrespectful comments to IG Madigan. During a Baltimore County Council meeting, a council member was grilling Madigan making snide, inappropriate, and disrespectful comments. It turns out that Madigan was exposing improper actions by a county employee who, it turned out, was a former campaign treasurer for one of the critics of Madigan. That county employee has since resigned.
Another Baltimore County council member indirectly accused her office of having racial bias, and also noted that county employees “sit awake at night worrying about losing their jobs and their livelihood” as a result of her office conducting thorough investigations on waste, fraud, and corruption.
The IG is charged with investigating county government, something that’s never been done in Baltimore County. The only county employees who should be worried about losing their jobs are anyone who is corrupt and engaged in illegal activities.
According to her annual report, IG Madigan believes that her office is currently lacking the resources needed to fully conduct investigations and serve Baltimore County residents. The department’s budget currently sits at $290,100, with 93% of that going towards salaries. Despite this small budget, IG Madigan’s office has managed to power through 221 ethics inquiries, resolve 83 complaints, open 14 investigations, issue 7 comprehensive reports, and more (Fox45 Baltimore).
It’s clear now that the role the inspector general plays in government is a necessary one. We operate on taxpayer dollars, and we should be doing work for you. Over the past few years, it’s become abundantly clear in Baltimore City and Baltimore County that the inspectors general are desperately needed to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse from happening.
Instead of snide remarks and allegations of bullying, Inspector General Madigan’s office needs more funding and support from our politicians and government employees. Delegate Lauren Arikan and I are sending a letter to the Baltimore County Executive and Councilmembers asking them to increase funding and support for the crucial mission of the IG office.