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"Retired and over-taxed"


Retired and over-taxed - 1/19/2008
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HW
Glen Burnie, MD

Maryland is a beautiful state, I've lived here for over 45 years, and there was a time when I was employed I could afford to live here. However, since retiring, I've seen my monthly income slowly eaten away due to a constant increase in taxes. Just about everything you can imagine is taxed here....including flushing the toilet...it's called a flush tax. I assume the governor and legislature will next figue out a way to tax the air we breathe. As an aside, crime is on the increase and there's few means of protecting oneself due to Maryland's gun law....pay your money and someone else decides whether or not you are in enough danger to receive a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Therefore I'll be looking elsewhere to live as taxes and crime are running me out of Dodge.....

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Nice variety - 1/26/2014

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Difficult to get to the ocean - 10/31/2013

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T
Ellicott City, MD

Maryland is expensive - 9/7/2013

It is ridiculously expensive to live here. I have a master's degree with a full-time teaching job and I can't afford to move out of my parent's house. My wife and I will be re-locating as soon as possible, likely to Delaware where housing is much cheaper. You really need 2 full-time incomes to live in Maryland. 50K is about 15K too low to be able to have your own place unless you want to live in a ghetto in Baltimore or live really far away from work. That's especially true if you're paying student loans, by the way, but even without that I'd be having financial problems. I have a coworker (teacher) who works in my school in central Maryland area; her commute is 2 hours one way because it's cheaper farther out. Can't find a decent 1 bedroom apartment for less than $1100 here unless it is senior housing, a bad neighborhood, or near the border of another state.

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Sharon
Dameron, MD

Recreation - 8/17/2013

There is a lot of things to do as far as recreation. Southern Maryland has the Chesapeke Bay where there is fishing, crabing,boating, jetskiing, windsurfing,and hunting. There is a lot of shoppig malls, parks, and restaurants. Annapolis has a lot of night clubs and is close to Washington DC. The cost of living is to high. I will move to another state when I retire.

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Millersville, MD

Culture & Recreation - 5/29/2013

LOTS to do in this area since there is easy access to Washington DC, Baltimore, and Maryland's Eastern Shore. Love it!

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Thor
Lusby, MD

Maryland: what to expect when nobody flushes the t - 3/1/2013

Liberal beyond all reality, corrupt and MD elected officials' favorite past time is laying awake at night ... figuring ways to spend YOUR money on others who refuse to work. Its just DC but, with one of the stars on the US Flag.

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Rebecca
Annapolis, MD

high taxes - 10/23/2012

it is extremely expensive to live in Maryland

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Elice
Annapolis, MD

cost of living - 9/3/2012

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Steven
Mechanicsville, MD

IMHO - 8/24/2012

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donald
Abingdon, MD

good place to retire - 7/20/2012

looking for a retiremant state and city all comments helpful

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John
Reisterstown, MD

MD is not the place we want to retire - 6/9/2012

We have lived in MD for more than 21 years. It has been a reasonable place to live and work during these years but going forward we realize it time to move. Our kids could not afford to buy homes in our communities and have moved to lower cost areas with better job opportunities, so despite having lots of friends still in the area, our roots are being pulled out of the area. In addition, the political and economic climate in MD are a serious concern. The liberal Democratic politicians are leading the state in a direction we disagree with. The dependence of the economy on federal government is viewed by many as a strength but that has its limits and downsides long term. It's time to get off this bus and get on another going where we want to be. Our focus now is finding a new destination.

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Stewart
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Vacation elsewhere in August - 2/24/2012

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Marilyn
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Maryland's climate - 1/7/2012

It's too cold and icy in the winter and too hot and humid in the summer.

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Lance
Silver Spring, MD

Maryland - The Free Spending State - 12/22/2011

If I knew before I moved to the DC metropolitan area what I know now, I would have never moved to Maryland, especially Montgomery County. It is corrupt and mismanaged. The overall tax burden is high, and you get poor service and infrastructure in return.

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Tanya
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Commute - 5/1/2011

Commuting is crazy and takes years off your life. Ugh!!!!!!!!!

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Rick
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Cost Of Living - 4/23/2011

Expensive

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kerry
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scam artist - 12/21/2010

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Garry
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I am not moving no matter what - 11/13/2010

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natalie
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A wonderful, little state. - 11/3/2010

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Paul
Bowie, MD

In a word--Awful - 10/26/2010

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