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Taxes can be cut if there is a will


YOUR AUG. 19 editorial, "Searching for a way to cut taxes," states that "Gov. Parris N. Glendening, like any good politician, would love to cut taxes." It fails to add "if this could be done without disturbing the 'good old boys club' or a section of vested interest voters."

Taxes could be cut without disturbing essential services if the government were operated like a business that had to turn a FTC profit to exist. The savings that could be accomplished are too numerous to fully list in a short letter.

Just to name a few:

Privatizing our prison system, as has been done elsewhere, could save a minimum of $3,000 per inmate, a total of at least $60 million per year.

Converting the non-health benefits and pension plans of our state employees and teachers to more nearly approximate those of private industry would conserve additional tens of millions of dollars.

Repeal of the prevailing wage law, with contractors still being expected to pay what others do in the competitive market in Maryland, would save $75 million annually in excessive construction costs.

Insisting that state agencies correct deficiencies that have been repeatedly listed by the legislative auditors' office would eliminate millions more now needlessly expended.

The usual excuse is that you will hurt education and the poor. Not so.

Marion Friedman


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