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Gubernatorial Candidate Craig Wants to Eliminate Maryland's Personal Income Tax

'People will be voting for a pay raise for themselves.' —Harford County Executive David Craig, on voting for him as governor

Harford County Executive David Craig, who is running for Maryland governor in 2014, proposes eliminating income tax. (Credit: Elizabeth Janney)
Harford County Executive David Craig, who is running for Maryland governor in 2014, proposes eliminating income tax. (Credit: Elizabeth Janney)
Harford County Executive and gubernatorial hopeful David Craig held a press conference Tuesday in Annapolis to propose a reduction in personal income tax.

The measure would help stimulate Maryland's economy while preventing people from leaving the state due to taxes, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Craig's proposal was to lower the income tax—which currently caps out at 5.75 percent—to 4.25 percent in 2016 with an ultimate goal of doing away with it entirely, Fox 45 reported.

Taxes at the county level would remain the same, and personal exemptions would increase, according to WBAL.

Lowering state income tax and increasing personal exemptions in 2016 could add up annually to $176 for individuals and $352 for married couples, The Washington Post reported.

Craig said he would lower the income tax to 3 percent by 2018 before phasing it out in what he hoped would be his second term, according to WBAL.

The reduction in income tax would be made possible by a 3 percent across-the-board cut in state spending, reports stated.

The Washington Post reported that Craig did not go into detail about the cuts.

According to The Baltimore Sun, Craig said that by voting for him, "People will be voting for a pay raise for themselves."

The Republican primary is June 24.

casey92 February 18, 2014 at 09:51 PM
He Sounds like Lt. Gov. Brown and Md. AG Gansler...they all say: Vote for me and I will give you stuff! The only Difference is Craig will give you money!.....I think I like money more then the Stuff the other two will give me...Ok Brown &, Gansler, your turn, give me more and I will change my vote!
Bryan Harz February 18, 2014 at 10:14 PM
"The reduction in income tax would be made possible by a 3 percent across-the-board cut in state spending". Well that blows that deal. I'm all for reducing income tax, but I can't see it happening on the back of state spending cuts.
Hazzard Native February 19, 2014 at 12:59 AM
Brown wants to raise minimum wage, which is a tax increase and job killer. Craig needs to outline where the 3% cuts will come from, hopefully hey will come from high ranking state employees bonuses and expense accounts (to begin with).
Brad Metheny February 19, 2014 at 06:13 AM
Well Mr. Craig, you got my attention...... Looking forward to more information.
Scott Sewell February 19, 2014 at 07:40 AM
Finally! A proposal the reduce the tax burden on the working class who are paying for all the free stuff for the tax-eaters! It's about time we start talking reducing government spending and big government.
Arnie Kappeler February 19, 2014 at 07:41 AM
Little wonder we didn't get details. A reduction in spending of 3% does not mathematically correlate to the elimination of income tax. Sounds like more fuzzy math. Ehrlich maintained the tax rate and still increased revenue by doubling fees on darn near everything, which takes a higher percentage of income from low wage earners than it does from "job providers".
Fountain Green Guy February 19, 2014 at 07:41 AM
this guy will lie to your face, he is no conservative, he is no different than what we currently have in Annapolis just ask the Harford County residents around Cedar Lane park, he trampled their private property rights without blinking an eye! Larry Hogan is a far better choice to try and save Maryland's sinking ship
W H W February 19, 2014 at 08:15 AM
You know what burns me up it's not about running the government it's the attitudes of the people, what did the first guy say WHAT Can they GIVE me, why should they give you anything to buy your vote! ITS ABOUT WHAT THEY CAN DO TO IMPROVE the state not about you BEGGARS !
Buck Harmon February 19, 2014 at 08:35 AM
Kind of sad that human beings have devolved to the point of allowing government numbers games to control their lives in many ways...
Buck Harmon February 19, 2014 at 08:38 AM
Take money away from the profitable corporate jailing system and place it directly to public education...accurate history of our Republic being one of the topics..
Sandra Miller February 19, 2014 at 09:10 AM
It is very clear that Mr. Craig is about the top 10% because frankly $176 more in my pocket, stretched as it is, isn't going to make a difference worth throwing away services to the underserved. I can't imagine what would happen to funding for programs like the one I work for doing direct service work without an adequate tax base. I'm hoping my state taxes don't increase, but I'd pony up a bit more to make it possible to have a great education system, a fair sentencing system for non-violent crime, and as I mentioned, services to those who struggle with food insecurity, housing issues, health problems, etc.
Bob Higginbotham February 19, 2014 at 10:45 AM
The main problem facing any republican governor is the greedy, spend thrift, socialist legislature especially the two so-called leaders. Miller and Busch took their myopic, irresponsible outlook from dingy harry Reid.
John Culleton February 19, 2014 at 11:48 AM
Government costs money. Taxes are the main source of revenue. If you cut taxes you have to either find other sources of revenue or cut government services drastically. There is no free lunch. Craig should start with what public expenditures he would cut. The old line about cutting waste, fraud and abuse won't work. Every politician promises that. Few accomplish anything significant. So that is a zero sum issue. John Culleton Columnist, Carroll County Times and Carroll County Eagele.
WORLD KID February 19, 2014 at 12:11 PM
Eliminating the income tax would go a very LONG way to keeping people in Maryland rather than leaving for more tax friendly states. This highly taxed state is particularly hard on the elderly who are on fixed incomes.
wileyb.1 February 19, 2014 at 12:30 PM
“Increasing personal exemptions in 2016…?” So now I’ll be able to claim my dog as a dependent, or my pet rock or my houseplants? Just on the MD State taxes, right? Or did they mean to say increasing the AMOUNT of the personal exemption(s)??? Of course he doesn’t have any plan. States without state/local income taxes, like Florida and Nevada, have extremely complicated sales taxes totaling almost 10%. Craig couldn’t pull off his bully routine in Harford county, so now he wants to run the state. This is actually funny. If you want to cut unnecessary taxes, start with eliminating unnecessary local governments like Havre de Grace.
Deb Gerlach February 19, 2014 at 05:20 PM
Per today's Sun article, Craig gave a very specific response to the source of the offsets needed to reduce the current income tax. He believes that Baltimore City and Prince George's county can survive a cut to their education funding - I am surprised he is willing to reduce education funding after seeing the difference a strong STEM program is making for students at Aberdeen High. Would he just prefer that the children of the City and PG county not be part of Maryland's future as educated, working taxpayers ? So shortsighted !
Buck Harmon February 19, 2014 at 05:28 PM
A cut to education funding?
Not Perfect February 19, 2014 at 10:08 PM
Political LIES! They have been waving that "promise" for YEARS...NONE have ever followed through...However, each one has RAISED and ADDED taxes...
wsroe February 22, 2014 at 06:11 PM
CUTS to education...sure, so all the teachers in the state can go without pay raises like we did in Harford County for 4 out of the past 5 years!
David Zwald March 11, 2014 at 02:25 PM
Under the O'Malley administration, did you know that Maryland state spending has INCREASED each year about $1 Billion. 8 years ago, state spending was about $26 Billion. Today, it is about $34 Billion. Are you making 30% more today than 8 years ago?

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