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Bill Introduced to Lower State Tax Rate to 5%, Expand to Various Services

February 21st, 2020 by WCBC Radio

A bill has been introduced in the House of Delegates to lower the state's sales tax rate from 6% to 5% but expand it to include various services that are not currently subject to the sales tax. House Majority Leader Eric Luedtke sponsored the bill and tells WBAL NewsRadio that it would generate $2.6 billion a year, by 2025. Leudtke says once fully implemented, this tax expansion would fund the cost of the Kirwan Commission's recommendations for public schools.That cost is now estimated by the Department of Legislative Services at $32 billion over 10 years. Luedtke says the bill would expand the sales tax to any service except for those involving education, health services, social services or nonprofits. Although the conversation on the bill is in the early stage, Luedtke says he thinks the measure would have enough support from lawmakers and the public to pass…

5 Responses to “Bill Introduced to Lower State Tax Rate to 5%, Expand to Various Services”

  1. February 21, 2020 at 6:46 am, Ron said:

    Isn’t the maryland middle class taxed enough? This new bill is obviously from the same minds that tried to give us a rain tax a few years ago.


  2. February 21, 2020 at 7:13 am, Jeff said:

    I received a telephone survey last night about
    this subject. I voted #4 on the two choices. Highly unacceptable..Did not answer Democrat Republican, or Independent.


  3. February 21, 2020 at 7:27 am, Virgil said:

    No new taxes. Cut the waste.


  4. February 21, 2020 at 1:08 pm, Steve said:

    NO MORE TAXES. The lawmakers need to learn to cut spending and what is spent do it more wisely. Control your budget like ALL other taxpayers have to so they survive. You Folks solution is always to raise, & create new taxes that cost us. What is wrong with you people?


  5. February 22, 2020 at 11:20 am, Ken said:

    Okay, everyone is against more taxes. So what do we do with our aging schools that are getting expensive to keep up?


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