House of Delegates District 9A Republicans
Christopher Bouchat: Disagree with how it is being administered. The real polluter of the bay is Pennsylvania and all these taxes do nothing substantial to stop the cause, PA. Sue PA is a good start.
Trent Kittleman: One of the things I have always admired about Carroll County government is its willingness to stand up for its residents, even in the face of state mandates. For instance, Carroll County commissioners responded to the state-mandated "rain tax" by declining to implement a new fee, feeling, as Phil Hager, director of Carroll's Department of Land Use, planning and Development said, "We did not need this law to motivate us to do storm water's management. We have one of the best programs in the state and we are pursuing, and are on track, to achieve all ... requirements." Ultimately, the state accepted a modified proposal from Carroll which would create the required fund with a portion of its general tax revenue, rather than levying additional fees or tax rate increases for residents. In answer to the questions asked above, I believe that Carroll's approach of negotiating with the state works best.
Kyle Lorton: Government should focus on doing that which the private sector can't do. For instance, we need the federal government to defend America from its enemies abroad, and we need local government to police our streets. When government acts it ought to be transparent, effective and efficient. It should get the job done and not waste taxpayer money.
Warren Miller: I have a record of voting against mandates that harm farmers, municipalities and businesses, much of the money that is purportedly raised for the Bay is taken by the Governor and Democratic members of the General Assembly and is used for other purposes.
Frank Mirabile: Repeal the rain tax mandate in totality or segmented. The Bay is a prime natural resource and it's our goal to reduce negative pressures on the Bay. However, efforts to manage the Bay pragmatically have been subverted by radical environmental activism, turning "stewardship" into a marketing tool used to attack personal property rights. The rain tax as well and recent extreme nutrient management requirements are examples of unfounded and burdensome state mandated regulations causing unnecessary financial hardships for Carroll County businesses, residents, farmers and home builders. Computer models used as justification have not been calibrated to Maryland's soils or specific climate. Being a good steward of our limited financial resources, as well as protecting property rights, is just as important as being a good steward of the environment. Local government and soil districts have a proven history of instituting effective BMPs addressing environmental issues over agenda driven state bureaucracy.