When Governor O’Malley and my opponent Dave Rudolph supported in 2010 the passage of a Maryland state budget that was dependent on guarantees from the federal government and on robbing the counties–they chose the easy way out. They did not take into account one crucial question: what if federal money to supplement state programs is not available next year? Instead of proactive planning we are given a culture of reaction and distraction. Instead of cutting spending to live within our means we are left with passing the buck and deflecting responsibility.
They missed another important point: even when federal bailout money is available it still comes out of our pockets. Just because the state gets money from the fed doesn’t mean that we don’t get stuck with the bill. Reckless spending at the national level hurts Maryland residents just as much as it does on the state level and by enabling Washington to continue the spending binge–Maryland lawmakers like my opponent are bankrupting our future and crippling the next generation under incredible debt and taxes.
Cecil County needs jobs and business growth. Just recently, the Cecil Whig, a newspaper that has been in Cecil County for over 150 years, moved over 100 jobs out of Cecil County due to the economy. This is unacceptable. We need to change our business climate now to keep local businesses here in Cecil County. Please read the below article from the Maryland Public Policy Institute so that you can understand a little better what the Annapolis crowd is up to. They are robbing Peter to pay Paul while simultaneously taking money from a source that doesn’t have it to give. I won’t stand for this. I have been a lifelong resident of Cecil County. My family has been here for generations. I’m not leaving this community–we are going to fix it. Remember, together we can succeed!