Last year we chastised Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich for bringing a half-formed plan for legalizing slot machines to the Maryland General Assembly.
Now it's time to do the same to House Speaker Michael Busch, who's proposing, with three weeks left in the current session, to introduce a package that would raise income taxes and sales taxes.
Busch should have put this plan on the table on the first day of the session, so that it could get a full debate, as opposed to a quick look in the session's closing weeks.
We recommend that this proposal be sent to summer study, with a report due back by December of this year.
What Busch proposes is to raise the state's sales tax from 5 percent to 6 percent and to create a higher income-tax bracket for Marylanders earning more than $200,000 yearly.