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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.

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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