No New Taxes Pledge Signers

THE MARYLAND TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION supports the No New Taxes pledge, which was originated by Americans for Tax Reform. It asks candidates for Congress and the General Assembly and Governor to sign that they won’t vote to raise taxes, and in the case of governor, to oppose and veto any tax increase.

​The history of the Pledge suggests that it matters. Signers have proved to be very reluctant to raise taxes. Votes to hike taxes typically hail from the non-signer group.

​There are two groups listed below: currently-serving representatives, many of whom are running for re-election or other offices, and new candidates. Be sure to check both categories.

Currently Serving Pledge Signers

Congress
Dr. Andy Harris (H-01)

Senators
Edward Reilly (S-33)
Richard F. Colburn (S-37)
Roy Dyson (S-29)
Barry Glassman (S-35)
Nancy Jacobs (S-34)
Bryan Simonaire (S-31)
Norman R. Stone, Jr. (S-6)

House of Delegates members
Kathy Afzali (H-4)
Susan Aumann (H-42)
Gail H. Bates (H-9A)
Joseph C Boteler, III (H-8)
Bob Costa (H-33B)
Don Dwyer Jr. (H-31)
Addie Eckardt (H-37B)
Ron George (H-30)
Stephen Hershey Jr. (H-36)
Michael Hough (H-3B)
Rick Impallaria (H-7)
Jay Jacobs (H-36)
Wade Kach (H-5B)
Nicholaus R. Kipke (H-31)
Susan Krebs (H-5)
Susan McComas (H-35B)
Tony McConkey (H-33A)
Mike McDermott (H-38B)
Pat McDonough (H-7)
Warren Miller (H-9A)
Wayne Norman (H-35)
Anthony O’Donnell (H-29C)
Charles Otto (H-38A)
Neil Parrott (H-2B)
Justin Ready (H-5A)
Steven Schuh (H-31)
Andrew A. Serafini (H-2A)
Michael Smigiel, Sr. (H-36)
Kathy Szeliga (H-7)
Cathy Vitale (H-33A)
John F. Wood, Jr. (H-29A)

New Candidate Pledge Signers

Congress
Dave Banach (H-02)
Dan Bongino (H-06)
Dave Wallace (H-08)

Governor
Shawn Quinn

Comptroller
Anjali Phukan

Senate
Tim Robinson (S-42)

House of Delegates
Mike Blizzard (H-34A)
Jason C Buckel (H-1B)
Mary Beth Carozza (H-38C)
Terry Lynn DeGraw (H-31A)
Bob Flanagan (H-9B)
Robin Grammer (H-6)
Seth Howard (H-30B)
Jake Mohorovic (H-6)
Matt Morgan (H-29A)
Doug Morris (H-31B)
William T. Newton (H-10)
Deb Rey (H-29B)
Rick Saffery (H-45)
Meagan Simonaire (H-31B)
Haven Shoemaker, Jr. (H-5)
Christine Thron (H-15)
Victoria Wilkins (H-3A)

“America’s Birthday”

From a commentary by Thomas Sowell at Townhall.com

All is not lost. But all could be lost — especially if too many of us take freedom for granted and focus our attention on other things, like electronic gadgets and the antics of celebrities, while ignoring such dangers as nuclear weapons in the hands of suicidal fanatics, with a track record of savagery, whom we are too squeamish to call anything stronger than “militants.”

Nor are all the dangers abroad. Birthdays are supposed to be times for celebration and gift-giving. But America’s upcoming birthday on the Fourth of July is a time when the gift most needed is an urgent warning about the dangers of losing the things that have made this country America — and have long made “America” a ringing word of freedom, not only in this country but to people around the world….

Read the whole article.

“Maryland’s economy had no growth in 2013″

From the Baltimore Business Journal of June 11, 2014: "The state’s real gross domestic product (GDP) showed zero change last year, ranking 49th in the country. By comparison, Maryland’s GDP rose 2.4 percent in 2012." Read the full story. … [Continue reading]

Welcome

Welcome to the Maryland Taxpayers Association’s newly reconstructed website. Explore the site over the next several weeks as we fill it up with new facts and figures to inform you about spending and taxes at all levels of government. Watch for … [Continue reading]