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We are the Maryland Taxpayers Association, Inc.  We monitor local and state tax policy, host educational and community events and fight for the taxpayer.

We began our important work in 1990 as a statewide coalition of several county taxpayers associations.  Our sister organization, Maryland Tax Education Foundation, a nonprofit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, educates Maryland’s citizens and public officials about tax policy.  We also provide expert testimony to the Maryland General Assembly and investigate governmental missteps.

We believe state and local taxes have a legitimate function in supporting police, schools, highways, a social safety net and other core government purposes.  However, mindless taxation and unrestrained spending harm the most vulnerable first by depriving Maryland families of jobs.

High taxes discourage families from moving here and discourage our children and parents from staying here.  High taxes and the “stealth taxation” of burdensome and intrusive state regulations paint Maryland as business-unfriendly.  High taxes make Maryland families poorer and discourage new business startups.  Lack of fiscal discipline brought on by constantly expanding programs gives all Maryland government a bad name and takes money and valuable career officials away from the essential core functions of our state and local government.  Right-sizing Maryland state and local government will make Maryland more prosperous in a low-tax environment.

“America’s Birthday”

From a commentary by Thomas Sowell at Townhall.com

All is not lost. But all could be lost — especially if too many of us take freedom for granted and focus our attention on other things, like electronic gadgets and the antics of celebrities, while ignoring such dangers as nuclear weapons in the hands of suicidal fanatics, with a track record of savagery, whom we are too squeamish to call anything stronger than “militants.”

Nor are all the dangers abroad. Birthdays are supposed to be times for celebration and gift-giving. But America’s upcoming birthday on the Fourth of July is a time when the gift most needed is an urgent warning about the dangers of losing the things that have made this country America — and have long made “America” a ringing word of freedom, not only in this country but to people around the world….

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“Maryland’s economy had no growth in 2013″

From the Baltimore Business Journal of June 11, 2014: "The state’s real gross domestic product (GDP) showed zero change last year, ranking 49th in the country. By comparison, Maryland’s GDP rose 2.4 percent in 2012." Read the full story. … [Continue reading]

Welcome

Welcome to the Maryland Taxpayers Association’s newly reconstructed website. Explore the site over the next several weeks as we fill it up with new facts and figures to inform you about spending and taxes at all levels of government. Watch for … [Continue reading]