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Tue Jul 10, 2012, 03:27 PM

To Cut Taxes or Keep Services: 2 States Act as Test Cases.

The debate over the proper balance between taxing and spending has been raging in Congress, on the presidential campaign trail and in statehouses around the country, and no two states have settled it more differently this year than Maryland and Kansas, whose fiscal years began July 1.

Maryland, a state controlled by Democrats that has a pristine credit rating, raised income taxes on its top earners this year to preserve services and spending on its well-regarded schools — leading some business groups to warn that the state might become less competitive. Kansas, controlled by Republicans, decided to try to spur its economy with an income tax cut — which Moody’s Investors Service, the ratings agency, recently warned would lead to “dramatic revenue loss” and deficits that will probably require more spending cuts in the coming years.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/11/us/as-state-revenues-begin-to-comeback-maryland-and-kansas-choose-different-paths.html?_r=1&hp

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Tue Jul 10, 2012, 04:40 PM

1. I may be biased, but my money is on Maryland and Gov. O'Malley. (nt)

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Response to JaneQPublic (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 04:46 PM

2. I AM biased!

What IS the matter with Kansas???

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