chicken tax en Governor O'Malley Would Veto Chicken Tax <p>Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley says he will veto the chicken tax.</p><p>That’s a 5-cent per bird tax being proposed in the state legislature.</p><p>The Democrat made his remarks during the annual Taste of Maryland dinner and were reported on Twitter by the Maryland Department of Agriculture.</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that his press secretary Nina Smith issued a statement saying that the governor did not feel the chicken tax would actually strike a balance between the needs of the bay and the needs of the agriculture industry.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:55:14 +0000 Don Rush 48963 at Governor O'Malley Would Veto Chicken Tax Proposed Chicken Tax Shocks Eastern Shore <p>The Eastern Shore chicken industry is reeling from a proposal in Annapolis that would impose a 5 cent tax per chicken to get big poultry companies to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay.</p><p>Worcester County Commissioner Virgil Shockley said that with more than 12 million chickens in Worcester County the cost would add up quickly.</p><p>That big money, environmental groups and some legislators say is needed to clean up the bay.</p><p>Food And Water Watch claims that poultry puts more than a billion pounds of waste into the watershed each year.</p><p>Shockley disputes that claim.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 13:44:17 +0000 Don Rush 48803 at Proposed Chicken Tax Shocks Eastern Shore