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Who knew? Maryland has less red tape than its neighbors

Who knew? Maryland has less red tape than its neighbors

Maryland has a reputation for high taxes and regulation. But while Virginians may joke that the state should be called the “People’s Republic of Maryland,” this reputation is not entirely deserved. Every state has certain regulations that weigh down its economy, and it turns out that Maryland has considerably less red tape than its neighbors.

According to a new analysis by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the Code of Maryland Regulations contains 9.7 million words. Of these, 121,741 are restrictive words like “shall,” “must,” and “required.” This count is a good way to estimate how...

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