It is not very often that conservative have reason to be exuberant in the state of Maryland, however, today is one of them. Today, July 1, was the day that the law granting in-state tuition to illegals was set to take effect. Instead, thanks to the selfless work of Delegate Neil Parrott and the army of volunteers, the law will be suspended indefinitely, pending the outcome of the 2012 ballot referendum.
The final numbers from the petition drive have yet to be certified, but based on the preliminary numbers; it appears that we will have well over the 55,000 required signatures, possibly over 100,000! We were outgunned and outmanned by the left in the most Democrat state in the nation, yet we were able to collect 130,000 signatures. This was accomplished with just $7,500, a fraction of what the opposition spent blocking the petition. This has been the most successful petition drive in Maryland history.
The success of the petition could not come at a better time. Unfortunately, today is the first day of the gratuitous 3% alcohol tax. The petition drive gives us something to cheer; some light amidst the darkness of tyranny in Maryland.