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  • No way, I am NOT paying those crazy taxes!
  • Alexander Hamilton wanted to have a National bank but most states didn’t want it to  compete with the banks that they already had.
  • Then the state of Maryland imposed a tax on the bank of $15,000 a year. However James McCulloch refused to pay.
  • They then took it to the court in a case known as McCulloch v. Maryland. It was one of the first and most important Supreme Court cases on federal power. 
  • Chief Justice John Marshall wrote, "Although, among the enumerated powers of the government, we do not find the word 'bank,'... we find great powers to lay and collect taxes; to borrow money; to regulate commerce..."
  • So basically the State was not allowed to tax anything from the federal government because it did not belong to the state. 
  • The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Maryland could not tax the national bank in favor of McCulloch.
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