Proponents say the new tax is simply a reflection of where the economy has gone, and an attempt to have Maryland’s tax code catch up to it. The tax is expected to draw in an estimated $250 million a year to help fund an ambitious decade-long overhaul of public education in the state that’s expected to cost $4 billion a year in new spending by 2030. (Hogan also vetoed that bill, and the Democrat-led General Assembly also overrode him this week.) Still, there remains the possibility of lawsuits to stop the tax from taking effect; Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh warned last year that “there is some risk” that a court could strike down some provisions of the bill over constitutional concerns.
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