It's your money.
I care about middle class families, small businesses, and retirees and know that they deserve to keep more of the money they earn.
I believe the private sector, not government, is the source of our prosperity. The private sector creates revenue; government consumes it.
I'm for lean and effective government that does all that is necessary, but only what is necessary, because money taken from the private sector could have been used to create jobs, raise employee pay, or fund health insurance.
More importantly, I understand the link between spending and taxes. Maryland doesn't have a $2.9 billion deficit because our taxes are to low; we have the 4th highest total tax burden in the United States, and still needed a federal bailout to balance the budget.
Maryland has a $2.9 billion deficit because we spend to much. It's time for legislators to recognize that the size of the budget is not an appropriate measure of social conscience or commitment to an improved quality of life. We must solve our problems, not simply subsidize them.
A leader among fiscal conservatives, Herb McMillan currently serves as President of the Maryland Taxpayers Association. In recognition of his efforts to reduce taxes and cut wasteful spending, he has been honored with the Maryland Taxpayer Advocate Award, the Maryland Businesses for Responsive Governments' John Shaw Award,the Association of Builders and Contractors Pathfinder award, and a special award from the National Federation of Independent Businesses.
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