MD. Legislature Is In Session

January 4, 1945

“No New Taxes” Says Governor As 1945 Assembly Begins Work

Representing Carroll County

A Republican Senator, two Democratic delegates and two Republican delegates represent Carroll County at the 1945 session of the Maryland Legislature which convened at Annapolis on Wednesday.

Carroll’s representatives are Senator A. Earl Shipley (R.) and Delegates C. Ray Barnes and Joseph Hahn (R.), and George E. Dodrer and Raymond Benson (D.)

With assurances from Gov. Herbert R. O’Conor that no new taxes would be asked for during the session, and that the policy of gradual elimination of the real estate tax would be pressed, the 1945 session of the General Assembly of Maryland got underway in the State House at Annapolis on Wednesday.

Financially, Governor O’Conor pointed out, the State has never been in a sounder position, its credit ranking with the highest among the States of the country. The present bonded debt of the State, of $27,150,000, reflects a total reduction under his administration of more than $21,000,000, Governor O’Conor emphasized. At the same time, he pointed out that the present real estate and property tax rate is the lowest it has been since the Civil War and that the State has been operating on a balanced budget throughout the six years of the administration.

Expansion of public education, health and conservation programs will be high on the administration list for the session, Governor O’Conor made plain. Betterment of the Public School System, with increased pay for the State’s white and colored teachers, and a program of medical care for the indigent and medically indigent persons of the counties, have been announced by Governor O’Conor and will be implemented with the necessary appropriations, the Governor made known.

Post-War Plans

Post-war programs will be given the utmost consideration, likewise, Governor O’Conor said, to the end that, should Victory be achieved promptly in Europe, and the beginning of the industrial reconversion bring temporary unemployment to a portion of Maryland’s workers, it will be possible to initiate promptly many of the $161,000,000  worth of State, municipal and county construction and highway projects that have been approved by the Maryland Post-War Commission.

A second great “cushion” against any extended period of industrial unemployment, the Governor pointed out, is the Maryland Unemployment Compensation Fund, totally $107,000,000. The liberal features of the Maryland Unemployment Compensation law assure maintenance of adequate standards of living even though many thousands of workers might conceivably be out of employment temporarily.

“For the chronologically ill, the aged, the juvenile delinquent and the mentally afflicted, provisions already made assure greatly improved care and attention as soon as new construction is possible,” the Chief Executive emphasized. “In all phases of industrial, business and civic activities, I believe that Maryland can look forward with every confidence to 1945, and the difficult period that will follow the achievement of peace.

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