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Md. Business Group: State Support at New Low

Has the business climate in Annapolis reached a low point? That, at least, is the conclusion of the latest annual rankings of lawmakers' votes by Maryland Business for Responsive Government (MBRG).

In the group's latest report card on selected votes from the past session, "overall scores are the lowest on record," MBRG reports.

The group notes that this year only two Democrats out of 134 -- Sens. Rona E. Kramer (D-Montgomery) and James E. DeGrange Sr. (D-Anne Arundel) -- voted the group's way 70 percent of the time. Fifteen years ago, it said, there were 84 Democrats from both the House and Senate voting at least 70 percent favorably on business-related issues.

Among the bills scored by MBRG was one giving the state additional tools, including broader condemnation powers, to keep the Preakness Stakes in Maryland, as well as the properties of the bankrupt-owner of the horse race, Magna Entertainment Corp. That bill, MBRG asserted, "sets an extraordinary precedent worthy of careful consideration."

The group's 2009 scorecard is available here.

By John Wagner  |  June 10, 2009; 1:13 PM ET
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Probably the worst thing any state can do for business and every man, woman and child within its borders is increase the regressive sales tax 20% as was recently done. This discourages spending big-time. And we share an 85 mile border with Delaware, which has no sales tax at all. Shame on our elected officials and editorial writers who pushed this big sales tax increase through. It is hurting our state.

Posted by: robinficker | June 11, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

This sounds mysteriously like a GOP business lobby whining for a bigger hand-out. Tax-payers aren't having it.

Posted by: free-donny | June 16, 2009 7:19 AM | Report abuse

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