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A Letter to the Washington Post in Response to Governor O’Malley’s Op-ed

1 min readBy: Scott Drenkard

Here's a letter to the Washington Post:

Governor O'Malley paints a rosy picture for businesses in Maryland (Opinions, Sept. 17). He even suggests that the TaxA tax is a mandatory payment or charge collected by local, state, and national governments from individuals or businesses to cover the costs of general government services, goods, and activities. Foundation has positive things to say about the state tax code, and then cites one isolated figure from one of our reports that looked at one class of businesses.

But virtually every other ranking we produce shows Maryland doesn't stack well against Texas. Our State Business Tax Climate Index ranks the state 39th best while Texas scores 9th best. Maryland’s overall tax burden is 12th highest, while Texas ranks 45th highest. Maryland’s corporate and individual income taxAn individual income tax (or personal income tax) is levied on the wages, salaries, investments, or other forms of income an individual or household earns. The U.S. imposes a progressive income tax where rates increase with income. The Federal Income Tax was established in 1913 with the ratification of the 16th Amendment. Though barely 100 years old, individual income taxes are the largest source of tax revenue in the U.S. rates are among the highest in the country, and the state seems eager to pass new levies like the now-infamous “rain tax.”

The debate between tax rates and government services they render is important, but we should start that debate with facts, not obfuscation.

Scott W. Drenkard
Tax Foundation