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Roll back the sales tax [Letter]

Reporter Jamie Smith Hopkins' article on economic growth in Maryland discussed what can be done when most of the Mid-Atlantic is caught in slow growth ("A bumpy year for Maryland's economy," June 15).

The antidote for slow growth is visionary leadership — and a willingness to buck regional trends.

In Maryland, the prevailing view that increasing economic activity is the political equivalent of fracking must be changed. More state revenue is not always the solution. In fact, expanding the sales tax holiday can create more job opportunities.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's employment statistics, the five largest occupations in the U.S. last year were retail sales, cashiers, food service workers, office clerks and registered nurses.

In Maryland, the projected retail sales and use tax this year is $4.1 trillion. To date, $3.1 trillion of that has been collected, and the state is on track to exceed its own projections.

State lawmakers thus have an interesting choice between finding a way to spend this year's expected tax windfall or rolling back the sales tax to create new jobs.

Mark M. Spradley, Chevy Chase

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