For business, taxes aren't everything

March 09, 2010

I enjoyed reading the interview with T. Rowe Price CEO James A.C. Kennedy appearing in Sunday's Business Section ("Keeping business humming requires striking right balance," Mar. 7). But as a business executive, I take exception to his statement to the effect that the tax situation in Maryland makes other states more appealing to business. Maryland offers many advantages over other states.

Show me a state without an income tax, and I'll show you a state with lousy schools. Show me a state with below average taxes, and I'll show you a state with poor roads, no mass transit, few parks and protected open space, degraded environment, high college tuition, and no safety nets for the young, elderly and disabled. I'll take Maryland any day.

J. Kinstlinger, Baltimore

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