Military pensions — haves or have nots?

Military pensions — haves or have nots?

During his two terms as governor, the late William Donald Schaefer often observed that the hardest part of the job was saying no. Deserving people with good ideas and commendable goals came to his doorstep all the time. But the state can’t afford to reward all whether in the form of new spending or special tax breaks. At some point, fiscal prudence requires the state’s chief executive — or its legislature — to politely decline.

Such is the case with Gov. Larry Hogan’s plan to eliminate state and local income taxes on all retirement income of military veterans. The governor announced his proposal on veterans day. Although he declined to provide specifics, his justification was...