Some millionaires are moving to Maryland

August 27, 2011

I'm confused. Republican also-ran gubernatorial candidate Brian Murphy is trying to convince us that Warren Buffett was wrong when he told Congress he ought to be taxed more ("Warren Buffett is wrong," Aug 25). Mr. Murphy attempted to demonstrate that Warren Buffett is wrong primarily by claiming that the Maryland millionaire's tax has caused many millionaires to flee from the state.

However, now comes word that Representatives Xavier Becerra (D-California) and Peter Visclosky (D-Indiana) have not only bought houses in Maryland but assert that Maryland is their primary residence for tax purposes. This makes no sense in the context of Mr. Murphy's assertion. Why would congressmen who know and enact the tax laws and are almost always millionaires choose to be taxed in Maryland rather than the district in which they represent at least half a continent away?

The question of how congressmen can possibly represent a district in which they were elected when they are claiming Maryland as a principal residence is a question maybe Mr. Murphy can answer. Particularly since he seems to have a keen understanding of the hardships that millionaires face. But I don't see how he can possibly make a case for millionaires fleeing Maryland when congressmen are embarrassing themselves by getting apparent tax savings claiming Maryland as a principal residence.

Paul R. Schlitz Jr., Baltimore

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