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Sam Johnson
Are tax cuts in Maryland's future?
Are tax cuts in Maryland's future?

To paraphrase the British author Samuel Johnson, nothing focuses the mind like an imminent election. After raising billions in new taxes during Gov. Martin O'Malley's tenure, state legislators have begun focusing their minds on next year's election and how best to retain their jobs. Judging from recent public comments, top lawmakers have decided the best way is to cut taxes just before voters go to the polls. In April, House Speaker Mike Busch, a Democrat, suggested, "If there's an increase in revenues that results [from economic growth], hopefully we can return some of that to the taxpayers." A week later, Sen. Ed Kasemeyer, Democratic chairman of the...