We face a myriad of problems that our
current state government has yet to solve. I bring new
leadership and new ideas and solutions to make our state and
our community a better place to live and work.
Taxes and Spending
Unemployment is over 10% nationally, and it’s doubled in
Southern Maryland during the last 12 months. People don’t want
handouts or bailouts; they want a job and a paycheck.
Ignite Small Business Jobs
ISSUE: Businesses are
scared to hire now, even as they feel more demand.
ACTION: Establish a Small Business Bonus –
Create a full time job and get a $1000 tax credit.
LOCAL IMPACT: There are more than 1,000
businesses in Southern Maryland; hundreds will each hire a
few; even the smallest may hire 1 or 2, now!
ISSUE: It’s too hard to
start a business: even the State web site says, “Get a lawyer
ACTION: Launch the Maryland Small Business
Express – Accelerate new business creation with a goal of less
than 48 hours from start to permit.
LOCAL IMPACT: Entrepreneurs who know where
Opportunity lies will chase their dream and create jobs, now!
businesses have the potential to be created by our children on
their smart phones.
ACTION: Create 21st Century entrepreneurs –
teach our children how to run their new business
LOCAL IMPACT: Make Business Basics essential
education: finance, law, regulations, and employment.
SOLUTION: Give Maryland a
ISSUE: Business needs job
incentives - new businesses, existing businesses and
ACTION: Give existing
businesses that create jobs a $1000 tax credit for each
full time job created.
LOCAL IMPACT: Existing
businesses will hire those extra full timers they’ve been
holding out for.
Business Tax to 2% for 2 years for new businesses.
LOCAL IMPACT: Reduce
the start-up burden during the hardest time in the worst
ACTION: Cut Business
Tax in half for 2 years for businesses that relocate to
Businesses will move across the 301 bridge from Dahlgren
to Indian Head.
ACTION: Oppose Federal
“Card Check” legislation
LOCAL IMPACT: Keep the
federal government in its lane; maintain Maryland’s
sovereignty enshrined in the US Constitution’s 10th
Amendment and Articles 3 & 4 of the Maryland Declaration
ISSUE: Government productivity is a
contradiction in terms
ACTION: Limit regulation to give people
the greatest freedom to pursue happiness as the Framers
LOCAL IMPACT: One example: Keep
Annapolis from arbitrarily forcing us to replace our
ACTION: Demand metrics and
accountability for every state program before it’s
LOCAL IMPACT: Track progress and
accomplishments online. If it doesn’t meet its goals, the
program is cancelled and funding returned.
ACTION: Balance approaches to home,
small and industrial businesses.
LOCAL IMPACT: A family
farm isn’t the same as an industrial site with regard to
fertilizers and fines.
attention to critical markets
ISSUE: Agriculture is dwindling and entry
costs are escalating.
ACTION: Repeal the Death Tax that breaks up
family farms and businesses.
LOCAL IMPACT: Keep farms affordable, retains
our rural heritage.
ISSUE: Watermen are the second leg of our
ISSUE: Construction is at a near-standstill
while home values are down and credit is scarce.
ACTION: Create jobs that in turn ignite
demand for groceries, homes, cars, restaurants, etc.
LOCAL IMPACT: Every home built and sold
spurs demand for further development.
ISSUE: Personal and business tourism isn’t
ACTION: Build more conference facilities to
satisfy the growing appetite for convention spaces, and start
an effective marketing campaign – now!
LOCAL IMPACT: Big businesses in DC have
off-sites, and they need hotels, restaurants, fishing trips…
ISSUE: The fastest growing segment in
aviation is Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV’S), and St. Inigoes is
the center of gravity.
ACTION: Preserve airspace for safe unmanned
LOCAL IMPACT: New programs = new jobs.
ACTION: Limit home development around St. Inigoes to preclude encroachment.
LOCAL IMPACT: Jobs with HUBZone businesses
that hire St. Inigoes residents in high tech jobs.
ACTION: Bring the Navy Alliance, Patuxent
Partnership and others to Annapolis to testify on this.
LOCAL IMPACT: Protecting St. Inigoes as the
UAV Capital will keep Southern Maryland poised for the next
wave of aviation, both military and civil.
Taxes and Spending
Hasty growth strained our roads, bridges, police and schools.
ISSUE: Our roads and
bridges are over-taxed with a community 3 times as big as when
the Thomas Johnson Bridge was built.
ACTION: Get State funding for County
LOCAL IMPACT: Ease congestion and
anticipate the needs – don’t just react to them.
ACTION: Finish studying and start building
a second span.
LOCAL IMPACT: Invest in Southern Maryland
for another Generation of Growth.
Return Public Safety to Top Priority
ISSUE: When the State's
budget gets tight, the Governor’s office cuts public safety.
ACTION: Return public safety to the first
LOCAL IMPACT: When our homes are safe, we
ISSUE: We don't have enough qualified
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) instructors.
ISSUE: Local parents don’t have enough
choices in education: we need more than 1 charter school.
ACTION: Let parents and educators in
local schools embed Contract Schools and tailor their
curriculum to local sensibilities.
LOCAL IMPACT: Gives parents a choice and
ACTION: Enable parents and educators to
use Virtual (Online) Schools for highly specialized education.
LOCAL IMPACT: The most gifted and the
special needs children, such as Elementary and Middle School
Math students in Special Education, will benefit where our
schools are currently failing them.
ACTION: Give parents the opportunity to
move their children to schools more suited to them.
LOCAL IMPACT: Creating competition within
the school district can be cost-free, will empower educators,
and will get parents engaged.
ISSUE: College tuition is unaffordable,
even with state subsidies and ‘frozen’ tuition.
ACTION: Guarantee STEM Scholarships for
the top 5% of our graduating seniors in the Maryland
University system and the top 10% to our community colleges.
LOCAL IMPACT: 2,500 seniors will know
that 250 of them have a full ride, and they will work for it.
ISSUE: The state is subsidizing
$40,000/student each year, in addition to tuition.
ACTION: Reduce the total cost per student
of Maryland universities, like businesses do.
LOCAL IMPACT: Reduced costs = less need
for public subsidies: a step closer to balancing the budget
Taxes and Spending
TAXES & SPENDING
Taxes and Spending are out of control, during a horrible
recession. Deals are being cut in back rooms overnight without
consulting Maryland voters.
Rollback Job-Killing tax hikes from O’Malley
ISSUE: O’Malley raised income taxes, business taxes, sales taxes, recordation and transfer taxes, vehicle titling taxes, and the tobacco tax –
ACTION: Rollback the
job-killing taxes immediately!
LOCAL IMPACT: Reduces
the price of goods, reduces the cost of doing business,
increases the money in our wallets, and ignites the
Return to Lower Spending Levels
ISSUE: We’ve got a $billion deficit; while they raised taxes to ‘fix’ it, they raised spending to match it.
ACTION: Return to 2012
spending levels: we can immediately get back in the black,
and start making tough choices like a family on a budget.
LOCAL IMPACT: By using
previously accepted budget levels we can avoid the
acrimony of pointless partisan infighting and stop begging
Washington for another bailout (that we ultimately pay for
in federal taxes).
Make Government Accountable
ISSUE: Annapolis intentionally makes the legislative record inscrutable, so we can’t hold them accountable for their action (or inaction), in committee and on the floor.
ACTION: Create a Maryland Legislative Website like www.thomas.gov that allows voters to easily see what each legislator is doing (or not doing), what bills they’re writing (or not writing), and how they’re voting (or not voting) on the floor and in committee.
LOCAL IMPACT: Career
politicians won’t be able to hide what they do (or don’t
do) – we’ll see it for ourselves, 24/7.
Taxes and Spending