Maryland needs a new vision [Letter]

May 14, 2014

Just because people didn't cite taxes as the top factor for leaving Maryland doesn't mean it isn't a key one or lowering them wouldn't help people stay ("Maryland's unhappy residents," May 9).

Taxes in Maryland aren't great, and the climate isn't great for business. That hampers job opportunities, and shooting for a $10-an-hour minimum wage isn't the answer.

But there are other problems, which doesn't mean the above aren't issues, it just means that Maryland has even more working against it. To that point, I would cite the building restrictions in Baltimore County that have prohibited the development of new middle class housing and artificially inflated prices on what suburban inventory there is.

When middle class families have to live 45 minutes away in Pennsylvania while driving through acres and acres of wide open, buildable land to come into the city, it is de-motivating.

And let's talk about that city of Baltimore. You've got a crime rate that only Chicago would envy, you have panhandlers on every corner and you have a mayor who seems like she is former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's long lost sister.

But you say what about the schools? There is a huge private school culture here and enough respondents likely send their kids to private schools that they kept it from being an issue in the survey.

Bottom line is Maryland has budget woes and yet is discouraging people from living here through all of the above. Maryland needs a new vision. And legalizing pot and raising taxes is not the way to go.

Brian Seel

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