By Adam Bednar
Washington Post: Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and House Speaker Michael Bush described their plans on Friday to reduce Maryland’s estate tax and provide targeted tax breaks for businesses.
The Daily Record: Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and Comptroller Peter Franchot have often been at odds during the past several years. But prior to Gov. Martin O'Malley's State of the State Address Miller literally ordered Franchot to "heel."
Capital Gazette: Opponents of the state’s stormwater management fee have successfully rebranded it as the “rain tax.” But now as the legislature considers bills repealing or eliminating the fee, conservationists are taking to the airwaves with a jingle about keeping pollutants out of the state’s favorite crustacean dish.
Star Democrat: The reactions of legislators to Gov. Martin O'Malley's final State of the State Address were wide ranging. Some praised the governor while others used the opportunity to criticize the administration.
Herald-Mail: Del. Neil Parrott, R-Washington County, and Sen. Joe Getty, R-Carroll County, introduced legislation that would lower the level of taxes two married people would pay to the level that two single residents would pay on their taxes.
Maryland Reporter: Gov. Martin O'Malley can sometimes get himself in trouble with purple prose, but his final State of the State Address the governor performed well and was mostly factual.
Red Maryland: Richard Vatz, a professor of Rhetoric at Towson University, describes Gov. Martin O'Malley's final state of the state address like "the allegory of the blind men describing the elephant: what is covered is selective, and the interpretations are one-sided."