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Do Marylanders believe that the wealthiest among us should pay income taxes at a higher rate than the less affluent? We would wager Ravens Super Bowl tickets that the answer is yes. Maryland’s last governor, Martin O’Malley, made the state income tax progressive a dozen years ago, raising the top bracket from 4.75% to 5.75% but applying that maximum rate only to those earning $250,000 or more as well as giving relief to moderate and lower income filers by raising the personal exemption and the earned income tax credit. There was, briefly, an even higher tax applied to those who earned $1 million or more to help the state weather the Great Recession, but that’s long expired. For all the complaints about Maryland taxes by Gov. Larry Hogan, the O’Malley changes have held. Flat tax rates are out, progressive is in.

– BALTIMORE SUN | DEC 10, 2019