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Maryland's high taxes hinder job growth

I must disagree with your editorial view of Maryland's tax policies ("The forgotten tax cut," Dec. 9). The higher Maryland's taxes are in comparison to other states the more we will see our wealthier citizens leave.

As a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley in Easton I regularly see my clients establish residence in Florida, Virginia, Texas and other states rather than remain in Maryland.

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This hurts our local restaurants and other retail stores. It hurts our attorneys, because Florida requires that Florida attorneys be used to settle the estates of its residents. It hurts our charities because local charitable giving is generally forgotten when people leave the state.

I know of at least one person who decided to stay when Maryland started gradually recoupling our taxes with federal taxes, so it does make a practical difference.

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If Maryland's taxes weren't so high, and if we were a right-to-work state that didn't require union membership for many jobs, I suspect our private sector job growth would be in a better position to provide employment opportunities.

It is no accident that the states with the greatest freedom — low taxes, right-to-work laws, etc. — have the highest rates of job growth.

Thomas E. Hill, Easton

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