Mr. O'Malley made a ruckus on the day the General Assembly session started by musing that if he had his druthers, the state would just raise the sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent and call it a day. That's odd, because his actual tax proposal is much better. The sales tax is regressive, but this plan makes the income tax more progressive. The governor would phase out exemptions for individuals earning more than $100,000 a year and couples earning more than $150,000, and would limit deductions for individuals earning more than $150,000 and couples earning more than $200,000. That would raise about $182 million. The actual impact on any given family depends on a variety of factors, but those at the lower end of the scale would wind up paying about $50 more per person per year.