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Les Miserables (musical)

Minor privilege, major disincentive [Editorial]

Minor privilege, major disincentive [Editorial]

"Charge 'em for the lice, extra for the mice Two percent for looking in the mirror twice Here a little slice, there a little cut Three percent for sleeping with the window shut..." —"Master of the House," Les Miserables A business owner in Baltimore could be excused for feeling like he's living permanently in Monsieur Thénardier's inn from Les Miserables. On top of the highest income and property tax rates in the state, business owners here must contend with the Byzantine set of fees for what are known as "minor privileges" — everything from a table and chairs on the sidewalk outside a cafe to, rather famously, a...