(No) tax break for Stark?

A number of news organizations have reported that Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, had received a tax break for his Maryland home the past two years, but it turns out he may be ineligible.

To qualify, a person must live in Maryland at least six months of the year, own a Maryland driver’s license, be registered to vote there and file Maryland state taxes.

Although Stark lives in Maryland most of the year, he has a California license and votes in California. The congressman, a senior member of the House’s tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, has told reporters that he was not aware that he might not be eligible for the tax break.

To read the full story, click here. Stark is quoted in the story as saying he guesses he’ll find out this weekend how his constituents feel about this. He’s scheduled to hold three town hall meetings in Alameda County on Saturday. Here’s the schedule:

* 9-10 a.m.: Council Chamber at City Hall, 37101 Newark Blvd., Newark

* 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Adult School auditorium, 820 Bockman Road, San Lorenzo

* Noon to 1 p.m.: Earhart Elementary School multipurpose room, 400 Packet Landing Road, Alameda.

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  1. What is left out of this article is far more important than what’s in it. According to Bloomberg news, Stark is registered to vote at his wife’s parent’s house. He claims only to rent an apartment to stay in when he is back in the Bay Area. He says he lives “two thirds” of the year in Maryland. The real question is not whether he’s eligible for the tax break but whether he’s eligible to be a Congressman from California.

  2. I miss Pete Stark’s survey mailers that he requested be returned to his town hall meetings. They’d read something like:

    Q-What is the most important issue affecting your family?

    (a)The economy
    (b)Air and water quality
    (d)George Bush is a fascist

    He was a finance guy before congress and is a senior member and chairman in the ways and means. There’s no excuse for him not understanding his tax liability.

    Though, Annie. I don’t think his inevitable damnation at the behest of the smoldering hellfire that awaits him for denying our Lord and savior has anything to do with it.

  3. Marty can be pretty entertaining – thanks for the balance

    I find Annie’s comments indeed curious. How those who (seemingly) profess a fervent theological comittment simultaneously deny their own confidence in that belief.

    Their willingness to express a personalized and earth-bound judgement of another reveals a lack of confidence in the eventual judgment by the Father. If you TRULY believed – wouldn’t you take pity on another?

    I’ll light a candle for you tonight Annie.

  4. David said “He says he lives “two thirds” of the year in Maryland. The real question is … whether he’s eligible to be a Congressman from California.”

    Doesn’t being a representative require that you spend a good chunk of your time in DC? I don’t think they can vote remotely from their home district. For better or worse, telecommuting isn’t an option for congressmembers.

  5. Hello everybody! I attended the Town Hall Meeting in San Lorenzo to ask Congressman Stark to support H.R.1207 (The Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009). I heard about the issue regarding his residency, in relation to his tax-break, and I thought that this would be a main topic of discussion during the meeting, however, this was not the case. In fact, the question was not even brought up once.

  6. I haven’t been to one of petey’s town halls in awhile, does he still stand up front and lecture you for 55 minutes, take a question and give a long rambling reply so he doesn’t have time to take anymore questions?

    he treats you like your a school kid instead of his boss

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