As many readers know, several of your Gormogons grew up in Maryland and GorT continues to maintain a residence there. A pointer to this topic came across the Pedabit network pipe into the castle from GorT, Sr.: Three separate, independent studies of business climates in the states have ranked Maryland in the bottom 10. CEO Magazine put Maryland at the 9th worst after sporting a 0.9% state GDP growth rate from 2010 to 2011 and major tax increases within the last year. The state is facing budgetary problems and a domestic net migration leaving the state.
The Tax Foundation also puts Maryland at #41 from best to worst (just to poke the other Gormos, Wisconsin ranked #43 and ‘Puter’s beloved* New York is #50 with the worst individual income tax, 6th worst unemployment insurance taxes and the 6th worst property taxes).
The US Chamber of Commerce ranks Maryland #43 in business climate with a wealth of specific criteria on their site but the index is largely driven by the high tax burden and high cost of living. While Maryland is experiencing a decent growth in STEM jobs (#16), it’s infrastructure (internet bandwidth & quality, roads, etc.) are lagging at #26.
The state is has been and continues to be dominated by democrats and democrat policies. Go back and look at some of those sources and look at the states that are moving up (improving) in those ranks and see what policies they are adopting. It’s not the typical democrat party line ones.
Mr. & Mrs. GorT have no plans to retire in the state of Maryland, particularly if these policies continue. GorT remains curious to see if the state continues to elect democrats and support their policies.
* – we all know that this is likely to fire off a ‘Puter-rant on New York taxes
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