Maryland's U.S. senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen on Tuesday asked Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin to investigate a Russian investor's ties to a company that manages the state's election technology.
A federal tax outline unveiled Wednesday by President Donald Trump's administration calls for ending the deduction on state and local taxes, eliminating a provision used more in Maryland than anywhere else in the nation.
The impulse to rely on individual deals runs deep in the new administration; after all that's how Messrs. Trump, Mnuchin and Ross made their fortunes. As businessmen, they were great at exploiting the system; including controversial records of lobbying for protection and outsourcing jobs. Now they must try their hands at accomplishing radical systemic reform and need cooperation from Congress and foreign governments, where leaders have ideas of their ow.