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Maryland's Tax Rates Are Driving Jobs to Virginia

By Larry Hogan, Reason - May 30, 2012

An advertisement now running in Maryland's second-largest newspaper asks, "relocating to Virginia?" The ad is from a residential real estate firm and reaches employees of engineering giant Bechtel, who are looking for new homes in Virginia.

Bechtel announced last year it is moving 600 jobs from Frederick, Maryland to Reston,Virginia. Governor Martin O'Malley's economic development department hastily arranged $9.5 million in government aid to keep some remaining jobs in Maryland. A state that competes with its neighbors should not have to pay companies to stay.

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