Top Maryland Faith Leaders Call For Restoring Doomsday Cuts
A group of top Maryland faith leaders will release a letter from over 30 faith signers representing hundreds of thousands of Maryland congregants calling upon the Governor, Speaker of the House and President of the Senate to convene a Special Session to restore the so-called “Doomsday” Cuts and to enact the life-saving tobacco tax increase which they nearly passed during the 2012 regular Session.
Among the major faith denominations and organizations signing onto the letter are the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council, the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, the Baltimore Board of Rabbis and the Baltimore Jewish Council, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD), the Church Women United, the United Church of Christ, the Presbytery of Baltimore, and the Seventh-day Adventists.
WHY: For moral and humane reasons, faith leaders urge the Governor and General Assembly to hold a Special Session that undoes the Doomsday budget’s devastating consequences, and restores the addiction and death-preventing tobacco tax.
WHEN: Monday April 30, 2012 at 10am
WHERE: Episcopal Diocesan Center, 4 E. University Parkway, Baltimore
WHO: Rev. Fred Weimert, President of the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council Bishop Douglas Miles, Baltimoreans in Leadership for Leadership Development (BUILD) John Deckenback, Conference Minister, Central Atlantic Conference, United Church of Christ Rev. Dr. Peter Nord, the General Presbyter of the Presbytery of Baltimore Toba Rainess, Deputy Director of the Baltimore Jewish Council