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The people of Maryland, by large majorities, want their taxes to be raised. The details of the Washington Post poll: -69% want cigarette taxes to ...
by | October 26, 2007
 

The people of Maryland, by large majorities, want their taxes to be raised. The details of the Washington Post poll:

-69% want cigarette taxes to be increased by a dollar a pack

-66% want corporate income taxes to be increased by one percentage point

-62% want to raise the top rates on the state income tax

-57% want to extend the sales tax to currently tax-free services such as tanning salons and health clubs

On the other hand, few Marylanders support a one percentage point increase in the sales tax (29%) or a 10-cent gas tax hike (37%). I doubt Marylanders are keen on property tax increases either.

Still, the results of the poll surprised me. Sure, Maryland is a progressive state, but a generation of Republican governors in Massachusetts can tell you that liberal voters often oppose tax increases.

I wish I could figure out exactly what factors go into determining whether or not the public accepts higher taxes. I'm sure more than a few elected officials wish they could too.

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman  |  Former Staff Writer
mailbox@governing.com

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