It's worth noting that taxes went up during the O'Malley administration largely for two reasons. The first round, in 2007, was designed to pay for the massive commitment to K-12 education the state made by adopting the so-called Thornton school funding plan in 2002. Subsequent increases allowed the state to maintain that commitment, and to all but eliminate college tuition increases, even as the nation endured its worst recession in decades. Despite those efforts, the state's projected revenues still fall short of projected expenditures by about $400 million next year. The second major reason the state raised taxes was the Maryland's backlog of transportation needs. That led to this year's gas tax hike, which was a long-held priority of the business community. If the economy continues to improve, some tax cutting may be feasible during the next governor's term, but reversing the O'Malley legacy on taxes also means reversing his legacy on education and undoing perhaps his only accomplishment that was roundly cheered by business groups.