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The Calvert Institute for Policy Research is an independent, non-partisan public policy research institution committed to generating new ideas based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government and personal responsibility. The institute seeks to make Maryland worthy of its fond nickname – “The Free State.”
The Status Quo: High Spending, No Results
The state’s per capita personal income taxation is the third-highest in the country. Additionally, Maryland’s per capita combined state and local taxation rose 16.4 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars from 1984 through 1992.
Yet in 1992 – the most recent figures available – we had the fourth-highest rate of violent crime in the nation. In 1992, we had the sixth-highest murder rate in the U.S. and the second-highest robbery rate. And in 1989, Maryland’s rate of illegitimate teenage births as a percentage of all its teenage births was the highest of all states.
BECAUSE the work of the Calvert Institute is funded strictly by contributions, we are seeking the support of individuals, corporations and foundations that share our goals. The commitment form on the other side of this panel explains our donor program and the benefits accrued at each level of giving. The institute is a non-profit organization, so contributions are tax-deductible.