State of Maryland Archives: on Tax Reform


Larry Hogan: Protect Marylanders negative effects of Trump tax cut

Taxes: Support President Trump's tax cuts?

Hogan: Criticized for not taking stand at the time. Proposed legislation to protect Marylanders from being "negatively affected" after passage.

Jealous: No. Denounced the GOP tax law, calling it "disastrous legislation."

Taxes: Proposals on state taxes

Hogan: Has cut taxes in current term. Would exempt retirement income from taxation.

Jealous: Cut sales tax while taxing marijuana & creating new taxes on out-of-state retailers & hedge fund income.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Maryland Governor race Nov 1, 2018

Ian Schlakman: Higher taxes on the wealthy

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Higher taxes on the wealthy"?

A: Strongly support

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Maryland Governor candidate Aug 21, 2018

Tony Campbell: Supports GOP tax cuts; they increases consumer take-home pay

Q: Do you support or oppose the federal tax cuts passed in 2017? What do you think about its impact on the economy long term?

A: I support the tax cuts. To date, more American have seen an increase in their take-home income, which has allowed them to become more active consumers in the marketplace. The first quarter 2018 GDP growth is projected between 2.5 and 2.8 percent, which is moving in a healthy direction.

Source: Herald-Mail on 2018 Maryland Senate race Jun 13, 2018

Ben Jealous: Tax the top 1% earners by 1% to pay for free college

Jealous wants Maryland to require a $15 minimum wage and become the first state in the country to adopt its own single-payer health-care system. As governor, he says, he would aim to reduce the prison population by 30 percent, raise the cigarette tax and increase income taxes by 1 percent on the top 1 percent of earners to help pay for several programs that would allow students to go to public colleges and universities free.
Source: Washington Post on 2018 Maryland Gubernatorial race Jun 8, 2018

Richard Madaleno: Raise estate tax at state level since feds won't

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Maryland Governor candidate Jun 1, 2018

Shawn Quinn: Oppose higher taxes on the wealthy

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Higher taxes on the wealthy"?

A: Oppose.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Maryland Governor candidate May 13, 2018

Arvin Vohra: End welfare & other programs, and then abolish income tax

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Higher taxes on the wealthy"?

A: Strongly oppose. I support ending all welfare, including government schools, charter schools, vouchers, and other forms of educational welfare, and abolishing the income tax entirely. If elected, I will sponsor legislation to dismantle the welfare state and cut taxes accordingly.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Maryland Senate candidate Mar 30, 2018

Arvin Vohra: UK should cut taxes and cut regulations

Hong Kong shows that even a tiny island with slightly less government than its surroundings can become an economic powerhouse. The UK has the incredible opportunity to become Europe's Hong Kong. It must first reject any bad trade deals with the EU. The EU's "free trade" is nonsense. It is, in fact, highly closed trade. It's free trade and movement of labor within Europe, in exchange for massive restrictions on trade and movement of labor from outside of Europe.

The UK should seek trade relationships with productive economies like the U.S., not with Europe's hubs of laziness and socialism. Second, it must reduce its own regulation and taxes. It can become a place that attracts and keeps entrepreneurs and innovative businesses, instead of repelling them as it does now.

If the UK remains courageous, rejects restrictive trade deals with nonproductive countries, refuses to bail out foreign nations, and lowers its own taxes and regulations, it can become to Europe what Hong Kong became to China.

Source: 2018 Maryland Senatorial campaign website VoteVohra.com Jun 30, 2016

Sam Faddis: Lower taxes and be pro-business

Faddis said that the number one issue he hears in campaigning is the economy, which he feels can be cured with lower individual and business taxes and a more pro-business federal government.
Source: The Bay Net on 2018 Maryland Senate race Apr 13, 2016

Kathy Szeliga: I believe in lower taxes and smaller government

Source: 2016 Campaign website for Maryland Senate, KathySzeliga.com Nov 11, 2015

Martin O`Malley: Cut $9.1B spending with no fee nor tax increases

Think back: When we took office, Maryland had a $1.7 billion structural deficit. No sooner had we taken action together to address that deficit, than the recession hit. Our State revenues took a huge hit, right along with so many family incomes.

Since that time, the O'Malley-Brown Administration has used the challenge of these times to make our government more efficient, and more effective. We have cut spending by $9.1 billion dollars. Today, we now have the smallest executive branch since 1973--and the budget I presented to you last week puts us on a track to totally eliminate that structural deficit without the need for any new fees or taxes.

We remain one of only seven states that has maintained a triple-A bond rating all through the recession, and to this day. We have built up our Rainy Day Fund to $800 million dollars, and we have placed this year in our general reserve an operating surplus of $37 million dollars.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Maryland legislature Jan 23, 2014

Rob Sobhani: 15% flat rate for most workers; high earners pay more

If the head of the IRS has to hire an accountant to file his own taxes, we obviously have a tax code that is too convoluted and unfair! We can reduce tax rates if we eliminate loopholes. I favor a simple, 15% flat rate for most working Americans. Those who are making a lot more can pay a little more. While we reform our tax code, we must be careful not to penalize success or chase capital overseas.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, www.sobhaniformaryland.com Oct 15, 2012

Kathy Szeliga: Voted NO on increasing state income tax rates

Legislative Summary:

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 26-20-1 on March 15; passed House 81-56-4 March 23; Rep. Kathy Szeliga voted NAY; bill did not proceed to Governor.

Source: Maryland legislative voting records: SB 523 Mar 23, 2012

Jamie Raskin: Voted YES to increase state income tax rates

Legislative Summary:

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 26-20-1 on March 15; Sen. Raskin voted YEA; passed House 81-56-4 March 23; bill did not proceed to Governor.

Source: Maryland legislative voting records: SB 523 Mar 15, 2012

Richard Madaleno: Voted YES to increase state income tax rates

Legislative Summary:

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 26-20-1 on March 15; Sen. Madaleno voted YEA; passed House 81-56-4 March 23; bill did not proceed to Governor.

Source: Maryland legislative voting records: SB 523 Mar 15, 2012

Michael Steele: Create legacy wealth for future generations

Michael is focused on pursuing economic policies that strengthen the economy, empower entrepreneurs and create real legacy wealth for future generations.

Lt. Gov. Steele and Gov. Ehrlich reversed the $4 billion deficit they inherited when they took office and created $2.4 billion in budget surpluses. Pro-growth policies at the state and federal level are encouraging low unemployment rates and fostering a climate for continued job growth.

Source: Campaign site, MichaelSteeleForMaryland.com, “On the Issues” May 2, 2006

Parris Glendening: Cut 28 taxes & returned $2.6B to taxpayers

But the people of Maryland were concerned [when my term began] as they faced low job growth, made worse by the mis-perception of Maryland as a high-tax state. Today Maryland has one of the nation’s strongest economies: unemployment is near an all-time low; we have the highest family income in the nation; we have one of the lowest overall poverty rates in the country. And--at the same time--we cut 28 taxes, returning nearly $2.6 billion to taxpayers, including the first Income Tax cut in 30 years.
Source: 2001 State of the State speech to Maryland legislature Jan 8, 2001

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