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2009 State Business Tax Climate – MD sinking like a rock?

Posted by Ed C on Monday, October 13, 2008

Remember when Gov. O’Malley said that he wanted to raise taxes to make Maryland more “competitive” with our neighboring states?  The Tax Foundation has released its annual comparison of the Business Tax Climate (Which States Are Best for Business?  2009 State Business Tax Climate Index – Six Edition).  The summary is here and the full report (pdf) is available here.

How did Maryland fare this year?

Maryland ranks 45th overall, a drastic drop from its 24th rank last year. Maryland lawmakers achieved this remarkable feat by raising most of the state’s major taxes for FY 2009. They raised the corporate income tax rate to 8.25% from 7%, the sales tax rate to 6% from 5%, and the cigarette excise tax to $2.00 from $1.00 per pack. They also created four new income tax brackets, raising taxes on filers earning more than $150,000 per year. Maryland’s top personal income tax rate is now 6.25% (up from 4.75%); that’s on top of a weighted average local option rate of 2.98%. Maryland now has by far the worst personal income tax in the country, with a significantly lower score than second-place California.

How large was this change compared to other states? A histogram generated from the change from 2008 to 2009 in Table 1 shows how Maryland stands out from the crowd this year.

2008 - 2009 Rank Change Histogram

2008 - 2009 Rank Change Histogram

The ten worst business tax climate state ranks are:

  • 41. Minnesota
  • 42. Nebraska
  • 43. Vermont
  • 44. Iowa
  • 45. Maryland
  • 46. Rhode Island
  • 47. Ohio
  • 48. California
  • 49. New York
  • 50. New Jersey.

As for our neighbors?  Delaware ranks 10th, Virgina 15th, and Pennsylvania 28th.

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5 Responses to “2009 State Business Tax Climate – MD sinking like a rock?”

  1. Jim Walsh said

    I guess O’Malley’s weak on geography, too; he must think Vermont, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey border Maryland. I’m surprised that Massachusetts isn’t on the bottom ten list.

    No doubt O’Malley will try to use his standard excuse that it’s Ehrlich’s fault. What lemmings voted for this guy, anyway?

  2. Tim said

    I was operating audio for a podium setup when O’Malley announced some tax increases during a visit to a Howard County family, along with Executive Ken Ulman. They attempted to show how the increases are good for working families. After their cozy kitchen table photo op, the wife came up to the podium, with O’Malley and Ulman behind her. She then said, audible to me, “What am I supposed to say?” She continued to open a slip of paper where a prepared speech was written. These two politicians are shameless! Ulman himself just received a 7% raise in Dec. ’08, in the middle of a recession, and just months after laying off county employees to “save money.”

  3. DKB said

    Maryland also only had .03% population growth, and is rapidly approaching stats that only rhode island and Michigan had last year-states that are losing population. Yes, that is even with all those base relocations-Maryland is like a sieve. losing good people. Tax Payers.

    I know of many who are on a 2-3 year plan to leave. I think when o malley gets reelected; we will see the nails in the coffin for most who want some sanity in government.

    William mony

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