Category Archives: Tax Policy

“How Can You Have Any Pudding If You Don’t Eat Your Meat?”

I was recently forwarded a copy of an email with a statistical assessment of the Comptroller’s office in handling tax filings. Also included was a further assessment of the staffing levels of the office. Please note that these statistics are from the Comptroller’s office itself, so we can assume they’re accurate. There are around 95,000 backlogged tax filings, approximately 2/3… Read more »

The Never Ending Boondoggle

The Washington Post has an opinion column on its website about Maryland’s efforts to retain and attract businesses, particularly focused on Marriott Corporation. It’s a a terrible and embarrassing piece, mixing factual errors, long-discredited “race to the bottom” economic theory, and laughably one sided adoration for Governor Larry Hogan. The fact that it’s written by someone affiliated with the Maryland Taxpayers… Read more »


Jonathan Shurberg   December 9, 2015   No Comments on Whoops?

Montgomery County’s municipalities get a portion (around 17%) of the tax proceeds that would otherwise go to the county, as municipalities often pay for some functions that duplicate county services, such as police, trash collection, and the like. Hence the never ending fights over “tax duplication” between municipalities like Takoma Park and the county. The state – through the Comptroller… Read more »

Veep To California

No big surprise here. HBO announced on Thursday that it will move the production of “Veep,” its political comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, out of Maryland to Southern California. “After four years and a long deliberation we have decided to move the production of Veep to Los Angeles,” said Cecile Cross-Plummer, an HBO spokesman, in a statement. “Maryland has been home to… Read more »