Instead, the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee adopted a plan that would have raised income tax rates for most Maryland families. Currently, most Marylanders fall into the 4.75 percent tax bracket, with higher earners paying more, up to 5.5 percent for income over $500,000 a year. The Senate's plan created new brackets starting at $25,000 and $50,000 a year, and generally increased rates for most groups by a quarter of a percentage point. We have concerns about whether that plan would raise more money than is necessary to meet the state's policy goals, but it would at least make the system more progressive, and it would ask relatively little of those at the bottom end of the income scale. A married couple with two kids and a federal adjusted gross income of $50,000 would wind up paying less than $1 more per week.