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He proposes to put the state on a glide path toward a zero state income tax by phasing in reductions — first to 4.25 percent rate for all taxpayers, and in the second phase, cutting the rate to 3 percent. This would amount to a total saving of $2.55 billion, or $750 for single taxpayers and $1,500 for married couples.

These deductions do not include additional savings from Mr. Craig’s proposal to also increase personal exemptions from the current $3,200 to $5,000.

Another gubernatorial candidate, businessman Charles Lollar, has also proposed elimination of the personal income tax, but has not laid out specifics of his plan.

Predictably, Democrats and the liberal press immediately attacked the Republicans for proposing tax relief for “the rich.” As they have demonstrated, “rich” means an income for single-filers in excess of $100,000 and for joint-filers of more than $150,000.

Clearly, Democrats and the liberal press have blinders on with respect to the connection between high income taxes and the suppression of economic activity.

Until Maryland changes its tax policy, it will continue to be increasingly dependent on a deeply indebted federal government to provide jobs and keep its economy afloat. How is that going to work out?

Ellen Sauerbrey is a former Republican nominee for Maryland governor. Dee Hodges is president of Maryland Taxpayers Association.