My Post-Maryland Day Reflection Yep, Many people recently celebrated National Maryland Day on March 25th. So many people are so proud of Maryland and love it here but I’m not so enthusiastic. I’ve lived here for about 22 years (88% of my lifetime) and it hasn’t always been that bad but now that I’m an adult, I’m starting to find plenty of reasons to move in the future.
So, without further ado, onto the list of reasons Maryland sucks:
You’ll get shot. Well maybe not that drastic, but crime here is pretty bad! 9th worst in the USA to be exact. Between Baltimore and Salisbury we have some serious crime problems! A quick Google search brought up Baltimore’s latest incident from Tuesday: a triple shooting in which one woman was killed and 2 more injured. In the past 2 weeks here in Salisbury there have been 2 Police-involved shooting incidents.
2. Taxes & Tolls
Maryland is known for incredibly high taxes. We are 3rd highest for income tax collected. Plus there’s lots of other taxes, tolls, etc! Increased gas tax in 2013, estate tax AND inheritance taxes (redundant much?), 6% sales tax, etc. The tolls at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge have more than doubled since 2011 from $2.50 to $6. It had been $2.50 since the 70’s! The Bay Bridge-Tunnel tolls increased in 2014 too. Oh and don’t even get me started on the rain tax.
3. Death by Tsunami
A huge flood, tsunami, or rising waters from climate change would just wipe us right off the map! For the most part, Maryland is at or just above sea level and surrounded by water. If sea level rose 20 meters, most of the Eastern Shore would be just a dappling of tiny sandbars.
4. Strict Gun Laws
Maryland has incredibly strict gun laws because the government here believes that criminals who intend to hurt people will turn them in or stop buying them if the law passes. Well, when a criminal breaks into my home and threatens me and my family I know that I will not be the lady on the left.
5. Weirdest Shaped State Possible
I mean someone must have been drunk when they drew the lines! I know that the water dictates a lot of the border, but in my opinion the entire Eastern Shore should be it’s own state called Delaware.
6. Lack of Unity
Speaking of the incredibly weird shape, there is a huge divide between the Eastern Shore and the rest of MD. I mean it’s like 2 different worlds each side of the bay! And there are huge political and cultural differences, but since the Western half has majority of the population, the Eastern Shore really gets the short end of the stick. We rarely get what we want and need over here.
Again we’re in the top 10 list! Maryland is #9 for highest AIDS/HIV rates. Who is ready for some good old bloodborne pathogens?
8. We’re a Government State
What I mean is we have an extremely HIGH proportion of people employed by the Government. About 25% hovering just under Washington D.C. Gee I wonder why the taxes are so high? I feel like we need to steal the Texas Motto: Everything’s bigger in Maryland: Big Government, Big Paychecks, Big Taxes. So inflated!
9. Palm Trees Die here
Yes. This is sad. I love palm trees but they just can’t survive the winter here! But that doesn’t stop the beach town hotels, beach bars, and resorts from importing palm trees every summer! Jeez that’s quite a waste, huh?
10. Terrible for Small Business
Businesses are steadily moving to neighboring states because Maryland is posed to tax businesses to death, literally!
11. Everyone refers to Counties
We have 23 counties. On the Western side of the Bay Bridge everyone tells you what county they are from, not city or town. I find this so bizarre. Do other states do this?? Now I know what you’re thinking about a nagative nancy like me. If you hate it so much, WHY DONT YOU LEAVE? Well if you know me and my housing situation, then you know it’s just not an option right now! If you don’t know my situation, well fear not and stay tuned because it’s a planned post for this blog. But way too much to post right now. Okay so I know there are many more things that makes Maryland totally dumb, but I have been working on this post way longer than I should have and I gotta get ready for roller derby practice! What’s your LEAST FAVORITE thing about Maryland? Or maybe you totally disagree! What do you love about Maryland? I do love me some MD blue crabs and Old Bay! 😉