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Rick Perry Picks on Maryland, Truck vs. Trees, Burglar Leaves Calling Card: Top MD News

Do you know the name of the Maryland town ranked No. 1 for young families? 'Dark Horse' bows out and other stories from Maryland today.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry addresses the media outside the Hyatt Hotel in Bethesda, where he was meeting on Sept. 18, 2013, with Maryland business owners to convince them to move to the Lone Star State. Capital News Service photo by Joshua Axelrod.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry addresses the media outside the Hyatt Hotel in Bethesda, where he was meeting on Sept. 18, 2013, with Maryland business owners to convince them to move to the Lone Star State. Capital News Service photo by Joshua Axelrod.
Here are the top stories you're reading today in Maryland:

Study: Eldersburg Ranks 1st in Maryland For Young Families

Dark Horse Closing, Reopening as Oyster House

Remembering Disastrous Hurricane Isabel: 10 Years Later

Purple Line Presents Noise, Pedestrian Crossing Concerns in Chevy Chase

Serial Burglar Leaves Court Documents at Scene of Crime

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Courts Maryland Businesses, Defends Meeting with Gun Manufacturer

O'Malley, Perry Spar Over Job Creation

SPEAK OUT: Share Thoughts on Health Care Reform

Child With Lighter Sparks House Fire in Severn

What Should Happen to the Old Thistle Mill Site?

Police Officer Celebrates ‘Second Chance’ After Near-Death Experiences

Truck Launches off Centennial Lane, Crashes into Trees

Suspects Wield Machete, Handgun During Armed Robbery
Ed Veit September 19, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Was that the Texas governor whose state has one of the highest poverty rates in the country? Was that the Texas that lacked regulations so that a fertilizer plant could burn down a small town? Was that governor from the state that has public schools dropping inter scholastics athletics (see Premont High School in Atlantic Magazine) so that they may keep classroom subjects? Is that the same Texas that is ranked 49th in public education (they're thankful for Mississippi)? Is that the same governor that made a fool of himself during the Republican debates? In reality, any Maryland industry or corporation that needs to relocate in Texas, I say "Bye, and happy trails to you."
Mary Jane Heck September 20, 2013 at 07:43 AM
Anybody is better than Omalley!
Malcolm Wilson September 20, 2013 at 08:27 AM
Agree Ed, the unofficial Texas Motto: "Mississippi with Better Roads"- Low taxes=low services. I really wish they would secede from the Union.
Jackie September 20, 2013 at 08:53 AM
I agree Mary Jane and unfortunately our only choice is to stay here & take it or move. I don't necessarily agree with the Texas governor but I like that he is trying to better his state by soliciting. At least he is doing something besides campaigning for president. If states start recruiting people based on dwhat they have to offer, maybe ours will wake up & do something as well.
Ed Veit September 20, 2013 at 09:11 AM
Oh, and Perry is not campaigning? And union busting Walker, the gift seeking governor of Virginia, the voter restricting governors of Alabama, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Ohio, South Carolina, et al are better than O'Malley? Want taxes to go down? Allow Texas secede ( they have to giVe Ft Hood, the space center in Houston and other military installations back)and they can take those other tax sucking Gulf states with them.
Jeff Kern September 20, 2013 at 10:26 AM
Anybody with a business or a brain knows that Perry is absolutely right. I only wish that I could move my business to a tax friendly state like Texas but it is impossible. The ONLY reason that MD doesn't have 13% unemployment is because of the huge amount of government jobs. It has nothing to do with anything Omalley has ever done. His policies along with his cronies in the state legislature only make the business environment worse with every session.
Just a guy September 20, 2013 at 12:21 PM
Ok, Jeff, I'm really not being snarky. What are your major gripes about the MD government? What actually causes you or your business the most trouble?
Parkvillehoney September 20, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Maryland should be ecstatic it is next to Washington DC. Look at the government agencies that employ Maryland citizens. Half the people I know hold a government job! It is either a federal, state or local government job. I want to have a life that I will be able to enjoy my retirement income, not pay over 30% to taxes. I included state and local property tax, income tax with piggyback tax, rain tax, higher gas tax and sales tax. Maryland has higher gas and electric bills, property taxes and auto insurance rates than some of our neighboring states. Oh, and I forgot higher crime.
Eric S. September 20, 2013 at 04:04 PM
You get that "good for business" means lack of regulations that lead to horrible accidents, right? And that zoning laws drawn up by people with power and money lead to those accidents happening in poor areas, where NIMBY's don't have any power, right? That the people running the business sit back and rake in the cash, then let the taxpayers pay for the cleanup, right? And you get that those "high taxes" do sometimes actually go for useful things for the community, right? Notice that Rick Perry is yanking our chains from far away Texas, and not a reasonably close governor. He's campaigning, and we're a safe target. If O'Malley pretty much says any softball thing in favor of MD, he looks good too. Win, win. Notice it's not a governor from say PA, NJ, WV, etc.? Too much fallout. Hell, this was probably planned by both of their people. I'm waiting for a couple bigger local companies (think Marriott, Perdue, etc.) to come out in support of Maryland and why they'll never leave. Non-issue. In my mental wastebin.
Just a guy September 20, 2013 at 04:43 PM
MD is happy it's next to DC, so is Virginia, and West Virginia. And that hasn't changed in 50 years. What has changed, is the amount of taxes the really rich people pay. (Example) In 1959 the effective tax rate, (the % they actually paid) of the 400 highest income household in the US, and by extension MD, was 54%. We had the most robust economy in the world, a growing middle class, the gap between the richest and the poorest wasn't a giant chasm, we did great things, sent men to the moon, and flat killed communism. Today, the effective rate for the very wealthy is 14%. The middle class is fading away, the top 5% control 90% of the wealth. It isn't the poor people that are screwing you and me... But hey, tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts.
Anthony Lopes September 21, 2013 at 12:48 AM
The Harford county council has voted on charging a 10% tax on our kids coins at chuck e cheese. This is sad yet no one wants to talk about that. Rain tax, flush tax, whats next i have to pay a penny for every breath i take.
Anthony Lopes September 21, 2013 at 12:48 AM
Well i won't be taking my kid to chuck e cheese any longer. There are other things to do that are tax free and just plain free.
Just a guy September 21, 2013 at 07:54 AM
Again, see my post above. IMO, it's not more taxes that are the root of the problem. It's WHO they are taxing... Companies complain and moan about a 35% corporate rate, but NONE of them actually pay that... Just like NOBODY pays the top federal rate of 37.5%. Loopholes, loopholes and more tax breaks...
Just a guy September 21, 2013 at 08:05 AM
And I bet someone is going to jump in and say, no it's a spending problem. Well, the facts don't support that. Yea, I know, those darn facts keep getting in the way. Government spending as a % of GDP is declining. Even compared to the glorious 50"s.

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