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On taxes, schools, crime, Hogan hits the mark

Gov. Larry Hogan delivers the State of the State address in the Maryland House of Delegates chamber.
Gov. Larry Hogan delivers the State of the State address in the Maryland House of Delegates chamber. (Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun)

Gov. Larry Hogan’s State of the State address targeted tax cuts for retirees which, as a military retiree, I fully agree with as well as the sentences for gun offenders and school system oversight (“Hogan calls for targeted tax cuts,” Jan. 31). All three make sense for the state. The retiree tax cut would keep retirees in Maryland as opposed to them moving to states with no state taxes. While there will be the whiners who say no to any tax cut as it takes money out of their programs (which is a valid point for them). However, more is lost when people leave the state as far as other taxes such as the sales tax and real estate taxes.

So, Johnny Olszewski Jr., put your mind at ease as it will grow the economy and actually benefit many. In addition, money spent at the casino downtown and in other locations by retirees helps support education in Maryland especially with the new education money lockbox to ensure it goes to education. And us old folks like going to the casino and the atmosphere of gaiety it affords us in our senior years. Can’t think of a better way to spend time and help support education at the same time. Plus, I just might win a dollar or two. A win-win for everybody.

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Stricter oversight of school spending just might eliminate the waste and fraud ensuring the money is used wisely and most efficiently getting more bang for the buck. Lord knows we need stricter oversight in Baltimore to help get our school system squared away.

The longer gun sentences for repeat offenders is a no-brainer and the sentences by judges should be tracked and made available to the people of Baltimore. Too bad all judges aren’t elected by the populace as the weak ones can be weeded out at the ballot box. We need to get the guns and the shooters off the street to help reduce our crime rate.

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Stas Chrzanowski, Baltimore

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