So why not a city wage tax — also known as a commuter tax?
I call Baltimore my home and wouldn't live anywhere else. A lifetime ago, when I was but a wee lass, I lived and worked in Philadelphia. If you worked in the city limits, you paid a city wage tax. So all those people who got in their cars at the end of the work day and drove off to their bucolic life somewhere else had to pay for the privilege of having great, high-paying job within the city limits.
Mayor, it seems like a no-brainer to me. Every day, a literal river of cars drives out of our fair city in every direction headed for a less expensive, seemingly better lifestyle and they take their wage taxes with them. This leaves our city to fend for itself. They use city-financed roads, police, water, sewer, and many more services and amenities yet don't pay for them. Why are we left holding the bag, while they sit on their porches in surrounding counties and states shaking their heads at the state of affairs in Baltimore?
I think it's time to consider a city wage tax for people that work in Baltimore and live somewhere else. I can't imagine a good reason not too.
C.C. Kurtz, Baltimore