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Don’t raise taxes for schools, shift spending priorities | READER COMMENTARY

Bill sponsors Del. Eric Luedtke (D) Montgomery Co., and Del. Lorig Charkoudian (D), Montgomery Co., testify in front of the House Ways and Means committee on March 2 the bill that would drop sales tax rate from 6% to 5%, but also expand it to a wide range of professional services. Photo by: Kenneth K. Lam
Bill sponsors Del. Eric Luedtke (D) Montgomery Co., and Del. Lorig Charkoudian (D), Montgomery Co., testify in front of the House Ways and Means committee on March 2 the bill that would drop sales tax rate from 6% to 5%, but also expand it to a wide range of professional services. Photo by: Kenneth K. Lam (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun)

As a lifetime resident of Maryland, I have grown weary of constant tax increases (“Expanding Maryland’s sales tax could pay for schools. Businesses tell lawmakers the cost will be too much,” March 2). While I support education initiatives in our state, I reject the repeated knee-jerk reaction of our esteemed legislature of simply raising taxes to pay for such initiatives.

We never hear about efforts to cut wasteful government spending or to eliminate no longer necessary programs. Unlike private businesses, government has the luxury of having no competition, so it is easier to “raise prices” when needed, rather than finding ways to reduce costs.

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Stanley J. Constantine, Timonium

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