Is there anybody in Annapolis who doesn't have an idea on how to cut Maryland taxes?
Apparently not, judging by the way tax proposals are popping up in the state capital like dandelions in springtime. Sorting the best from all of them won't be easy, given the leadership's apparent reluctance to get behind one approach.
The worst of the bunch, in our view, would link slot machines for Maryland's horse tracks with a tax cut. It's a bad idea for two reasons: Gambling is an unreliable source of long-term cash and the proposal mixes up two complicated issues that need to be considered separately. With the governor on one side (against slots) and House Speaker Cas Taylor on the other, the approach promises a tug-of-war that may end in a draw, with neither side getting a tax cut.
Then there's the battle over whether the cut should be a cut in the tax rate or an increase in exemptions. Proponents of the latter approach say it would spread the benefits more equitably across all income levels, while the rate cut would be of greater benefit to those with the highest salaries.