Once Again, Virginia > Maryland

by Betsy Woodruff

In unsurprising news of the day, we learn from a grassroots Maryland group that people don’t like paying taxes — and sometimes, that affects their behavior. A study conducted by Change Maryland finds that in the three years after Martin O’Malley took the helm as governor of Maryland, 31,000 residents left the state. One third of those moved to Virginia, taking $390 million of taxable income with them. It’s good news for Bob McDonnell, who’s made fiscal restraint a cornerstone of his governorship. And, naturally, it’s not so great for O’Malley, the governor who’s presided over the largest exodus in the region and has raised taxes and fees 24 times since assuming office.

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