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He might have a case. The District is almost 70 square miles with a population of roughly 600,000. The moon is almost 15 million square miles and nobody lives there. So clearly, D.C. residents pay a higher amount of federal taxes per capita.
Then again, as one New Hampshire legislator pointed out, that just means we make more money than the moon-men.

Under Armor, under current?

The Maryland House honored one of the state’s most successful entrepreneurs last week, when it welcomed Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank to receive the Speaker’s Medallion, an award given twice annually to former lawmakers and influential Marylanders.

Mr. Plank, 39, became the youngest person to ever receive the award, given to him by House Speaker Michael E. Busch, Anne Arundel Democrat.

“It is a great honor to be here today, especially receiving this honor from someone who very much knows how to protect his House,” Mr. Plank said, invoking the well-known slogan of his Baltimore-based athletic apparel company.

Mr. Plank, a University of Maryland, College Park alum, showed his appreciation by giving legislators a few gifts — two of the school’s “Maryland Pride” football jerseys and two matching helmets, all adorned with the distinctive red-and-white and black-and-gold patterns of the state’s flag.

One helmet was given to Mr. Busch and the other was given jointly to the 141-member chamber. But the speaker gave his the next day to the heavily outnumbered, 43-member Republican caucus as a show of goodwill.

House Minority Leader Anthony J. O’Donnell, Calvert Republican, thanked Mr. Busch for the gesture but joked that perhaps there was a reason he gave them protective headgear in a session thus far dominated by talks of proposed tax hikes and legalization of same-sex marriage.

“Maybe he thought we might need it in the session,” Mr. O’Donnell said.

— David Hill, Tom Howell Jr. and David Sherfinski contributed to this report.