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Onerous taxes chase businesses, people out of Maryland

The Sun editorial board never fails to agree with every tax and fee our governor thrusts upon the citizens of Maryland ("The rain tax sham," April 18).

The governor has created 37 new taxes and fees during his seven years in office, and though he claims to have made cuts in the state budget, the facts show the budget has increased substantially.

Rather than ask questions, The Sun prefers to take a few cheap shots at a report done on Fox News, which actually researched the story. Fox competes in a field of many liberal news outlets that contend they are open to all points of view. But in reality they attack anyone with an opposing perspective.

The Sun didn't ask any of the basic questions regarding what brought on this tax and what the funds be used for. Why did the governor pass this tax along to county governments, and why are only 10 counties being taxed?

As your editorial states in closing, nobody likes paying more in taxes. As citizens it is our duty to pay taxes, but when does it stop? Our governor's legacy will be chasing businesses out of the state, and apparently he won't be content until he chases out productive citizens as well.

Carl DeNicolis

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