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Maryland should stop taxing masks | READER COMMENTARY

Demonstrator Joyce Norman of Atlanta, Georgia wears a KN95 mask with the words "protect my vote" during a march for voting rights marking the 58th anniversary of the March on Washington on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson).
Demonstrator Joyce Norman of Atlanta, Georgia wears a KN95 mask with the words "protect my vote" during a march for voting rights marking the 58th anniversary of the March on Washington on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson). (Brynn Anderson/AP)

I would like to know why the state of Maryland is charging a sales tax on purchases of protective masks, specifically, KN95 masks (”N95 vs. KN95 masks: Which should I get?” Aug. 31).

I made this inquiry to the offices of Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot and received a cryptic return email response stating that the comptroller’s legal department would “get back to me.” To date, no other response has been received.

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With all of the economic hardships that many Maryland citizens are enduring as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, enriching the state of Maryland’s treasury every time a citizen purchases a mask to protect themselves and others is wrong and should be immediately stopped.

Stanley J. Constantine, Timonium

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