In a recent Patch.com analysis of new Maryland census figures, journalist Allison Eatough noted, “Minorities account for almost half of Maryland’s population, putting the state on course to become a majority-minority state within the next decade.”
The potential impacts of this and other demographic shifts are far-reaching. “The state’s overall population did not change significantly enough to trigger a change in congressional seats,” said Thomas Schaller, professor of political science. However, “there will be gains and losses within the state at the state legislative level for various jurisdictions.” Further, demographic changes will be reflected in political office, as more minority legislators are elected in Maryland, particularly in Frederick, Howard and Montgomery Counties. The story has been picked up by several Patch sites across the region.
Given the need to balance the federal budget coupled with Americans disinterest in cutting funding for specific programs, “it’s time to raise income taxes, especially on the wealthiest,” Schaller says in the Baltimore Sun. Schaller tackles the notion that raising income taxes for the wealthiest Americans “will stifle the economy just when it is poised for recovery” through research from the Congressional Budget Office and Congressional Research Service. He further argues that current tax law unfairly impacts middle- and lower-income Americans and that “letting the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest expire and return to Clinton-era levels,” which would have recovered $36 billion this year if approved, is popular in polling.