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Look Maryland, No Tax Hikes! Virginia Shows How It Can Be Done
March 29, 2012
This week, Virginia gives preliminary approval to a new budget proposal absent of major tax hikes and free of most gimmicks. Yet, neighboring Maryland is seeking another round of record-setting, job-killing tax hikes.
It is an old story, but not a good one for taxpayers, as the Maryland State Senate and Governor O’Malley continue to mislead citizens by claiming tax hikes offer the only path to a balanced budget. A familiar refrain, reminiscent of the talk in states like Illinois and California, that have forsaken any shred of budgetary discipline.
Maryland continues to risk going down this economically damaging tax and spend path. Indeed, Virginia was tempted to take this direction as well, but its leaders chose a different approach. It may not be perfect, but promises a more prosperous destination for its citizens.
Some stark examples of how Maryland and Virginia's policy differences have impacted both states:
Virginia lawmakers deserve praise for making the right decisions on their budget. On the other side of the border, taxpayers and businesses must keep fighting to prevent Maryland politicians from perhaps permanently crippling their economy.
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