Originally published on Forbes.com

Admittedly, it would be a far stretch to claim a sea change in the Democratic Party’s tax reform agenda, but 2014 has brought with it two indicators reflecting a meaningful shift toward pro-growth state tax policies. The first can be found in newsreports last week about the Maryland governor’s race. Historically, Maryland has been a stronghold of Democratic politics.  The Maryland Democratic Party is one of the world’s oldest continuously operating political organizations. In fact, Baltimore was host to the first six Democratic National Conventions.

But, the tide is definitely turning in the Old Line State. Three years ago, there was a dramatic shift in majority power at the county level from blue to red, and now Democrats hold control in only eight of twenty-three county governments.

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