At first glance, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s announcement today of a “Baltimore Tax Policy Study Focus Group” to study whether there is room in the city’s tax structure for cuts, might look like a response to the upset gubernatorial win of Republican Larry Hogan. But the mayor had unveiled her basic tax-reform plan last year, long before Hogan rode a wave of anti-tax sentiment (and Democratic apathy) all the way to the Government House. This move has more to do with Rawlings-Blake’s goal of attracting 10,000 new families to the city by 2023.
According to the Baltimore Business Journal, the 20-person group is filled with representatives from “representatives from the business community, the legal community, neighborhood leaders and community organizers.” They are going to try to determine how Baltimore’s taxes and fees affect businesses and families, examining other cities as case studies.
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