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Maryland is a state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. It is bordered by Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia to the south and west, Pennsylvania to the north and Delaware to the east. The state's largest city is Baltimore, and its capital is Annapolis. Among its occasional nicknames are Old Line State, the Free State and the Chesapeake Bay State. It is named after the English queen Henrietta Maria, consort of Charles I, known in England as Queen Mary.

Geographical type: Territory

Latitude: 39° N — Longitude: 76.7° W

Area: 32,133 km²

ISO 3166-2 code: US-MD

Birthplace of

Frederick Douglass, Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, in Talbot County, on Feb 1818
John T. Flynn, John Thomas Flynn, in Bladensburg, on 25 Oct 1882
Josiah Henson, in Charles County, on 15 Jun 1789
H. L. Mencken, Henry Louis Mencken, in Baltimore, on 12 Sep 1880
Jim Rogers, James Beeland Rogers Jr., in Baltimore, on 19 Oct 1942
Neal Stephenson, in Fort Meade, on 31 Oct 1959

Home To

Libertarian Party of Maryland, Annapolis

Deathplace of

H. L. Mencken, in Baltimore, on 29 Jan 1956
Felix Morley, in Gibson Island, on 13 Mar 1982
Earl Ravenal, in Trappe, on 31 Aug 2019
Julian Simon, in Chevy Chase, on 8 Feb 1998

Measures of Freedom

Freedom in the 50 States 2015-2016 | Maryland | Cato Institute
2014: Overall rank: 46, fiscal policy rank: 34, regulatory policy rank: 49, personal freedom rank: 26, economic freedom rank: 46
LP State-by-State Membership Numbers [PDF], Libertarian Party News, Apr 2006
31 Dec 2005: Number of Members: 374


Drug War Dementia, by James Bovard, Freedom Daily, Nov 1996
Details various police, military and school actions and legislation in the government's war on users of certain banned substances, and the generally unrecognized side effects of these policies
In 1991, Maryland cracked down on oregano profiteering, mandating a $500 fine and/or a one-year jail sentence for the sale of oregano or parsley if it were packaged to look like illegal drugs. Representatave Kweisi Mfume of Maryland proposed the Beeper Abuse Prevention Act in 1991 to ban teenagers from owning electronic beepers and to require a seven-day waiting period and a criminal check for beeper purchasers with violators subject to up to three years in prison.
Tax Gouging: The Real Problem, by Thomas DiLorenzo, Mises Daily, 8 Jun 2006
Deplores the tax policies of state and local governments, particularly those which have taken advantage of increases in real estate property values to increase their Soprano-like "collections"
According to online reports of tax revenues in my own state of Maryland, local governments in the Baltimore area alone collect about 35 percent more in property tax revenues than they did in 2000. Are Baltimore's schools 35 percent better? Are the police 35 percent more efficient? Are citizens getting a third more services from City Hall? Of course not ... The first Republican governor in Maryland in thirty-five years "celebrated" his victory by imposing the largest property tax increase in the state's history. Ignorant Maryland voters still believe that voting Republican is a vote against Big Government!
Related Topics: Government, Inflation, Taxation

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Maryland" as of 31 Oct 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.