Larry Hogan to Attend Getty Early Voting Rally

Campaign 2014 is nearing the home stretch.
I want to share with you that I just received confirmation that Larry Hogan will be joining me at my Early Voting Rally on Oct. 28 at the Best Western in Westminster. I want to invite you to join us as we work hard to "Get-Out-the-Vote" in Carroll County.

Inside the WJZ Studio

On Oct. 6, I had the opportunity to watch the live debate between Anthony Brown and Larry Hogan inside the WJZ studio on "Television Hill" as it was beig taped for broadcast later that evening.
Each campaign was allowed twelve observers who sat on bleacher seats inside the studio. Except for the recording crew and representatives of WJZ and the Baltimore Sun, there was no one else present in the studio.

Senate Attempts to Make the “Rain Tax” Evaporate

Last month on the final day of the 2013 session, I had prepared an amendment to offer on the Senate floor to exempt Carroll County from the “rain tax.”

Due to take effect July 1, the “rain tax” is a stormwater management fee that passed the General Assembly as state legislation in 2012. The genesis of the “rain tax” was an initiative pushed by environmentalists and Gov. Martin O’Malley to create a new source of funding for counties that have a large backlog of capital projects to control stormwater run-off.

Anthony Brown's Dilemma

The chatter began in mid-August. Political insiders discussing whether it could be true?
State-wide polls were suggesting that the Governor's race was tightening between front-runner Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Republican challenger Larry Hogan.
Rumors were that an independent poll taken in late summer had Hogan closing the gap within six points.

Can Maryland Restore Its Business Climate

When I served as policy director for Gov. Bob Ehrlich, we placed a strong emphasis each year on improving Maryland's business climate. The Ehrlich Administration wanted to make sure that companies throughout the United States knew that Maryland was "Open for Business."
One of the keys to improving the business climate is tax policy. Gov. Ehrlich drew a line in the sand against increasing Maryland's personal income tax even though raising this tax was a high priority for the Democrat leadership in the legislature from 2003-06. Gov. Ehrlich's economic development policy also included measures to reduce regulations and improve competitiveness.

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