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Posted at 9:28 PM ET, 10/ 2/2010

The cost of the Maryland sales tax

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By Robin Ficker

In her Sept. 29 letter to the editor, Maria Murphy argued that some Dundalk, Md., residents were wasting their time — and especially money — in responding to the 20 percent increase in the Maryland sales tax signed into law by Gov. Martin O’Malley by driving to Delaware to shop.

As the one individual who testified against this increase at the General Assembly’s special session in 2007, I think she missed the point. Whether such a trip makes sense for those in Dundalk, it’s important to remember that Delaware shares an 85-mile border with Maryland and has no sales tax at all. Interstate 95 and Routes 301, 300, 8, 13, 113, 24, 26, etc., enable hundreds of thousands of Marylanders to buy dog food, newspapers, furniture, etc., in Delaware without any sales tax — a permanent sales tax holiday.

A few cents or dollars here and there, endlessly repeated every week, amount to real money.

The writer is the Republican candidate for Montgomery County Council in District 2.

By editors  | October 2, 2010; 9:28 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland, taxes  
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Good job, Ficker. Wait till Massachusetts passes the question on the ballot this November to reduce its sales tax from 6.25% to 3%. Then no jobs will come to Maryland. They will go to Boston!

Posted by: barbaraj1 | October 3, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

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