League of Women Voters of Baltimore County ~ General Election Voters’ Guide, 2010
STATE OF MARYLAND OFFICES
VOTE FOR ONE PAIR
The Governor is the chief executive of
cer of the state of Maryland andappoints the heads of statewide departments and judges to the state courts. The Governor also makesother appointments as provided by the MarylandConstitution or by law and proposes the annualoperating and capital budgets to the legislature.The Governor may veto legislation passed by thelegislature.
Four years, limit of two consecutive terms.
Elected statewide as a team withthe Lt. Governor.The
assists theGovernor and is elected jointly on a ballot with thegubernatorial candidate. The Lieutenant Governor
lls the of
ce of Governor in case of death,resignation, or disability and carries out speci
cduties assigned by the Governor.
Candidates for Governor were asked thefollowing questions:QUALIFICATIONS: What are yourqualiﬁcations for the ofﬁce of Governor?RUNNING MATE’S QUALIFICATIONS:What are your running mate’squaliﬁcations for the ofﬁce of Lt.Governor?ENERGY: How should Maryland addressits future energy needs?EDUCATION: How should stategovernment work with local governmentsto solve the crisis in funding for publicK-12 education?ECONOMY: What measures to stimulateMaryland’s economy would you propose?BUDGET: Even accounting for thebeginnings of an economic recovery, theprojected budget shortfall for next year is$1.5 billion. What are some of the speciﬁcspending cuts or revenue increases youwould support to balance the budget?CHESAPEAKE: What more can/shouldbe done by the state to protect theChesapeake Bay system and its resources?TRANSPORTATION: What are yourtransportation priorities and how shouldthey be funded?
Martin O’Malley / Anthony G. Brown
Campaign Website: www.martinomalley.com
Martin O’Malley is a fearless,intelligent public servant who always puts peoplebefore politics. As Governor, Martin O’Malley hasa proven record of delivering results for our smallbusinesses and families. And with him in of
ce, wewill Move Maryland forward.
RUNNING MATE’S QUALIFICATIONS:
AnthonyBrown has a distinguished career in public service.After serving our country as an army Colonel, hewas elected to the state house and served as HouseMajority Whip. Now, Anthony is the highestranking elected of
cial in the nation ever to haveserved a tour of duty in Iraq.
To move forward, we must conserve ourexisting resources while investing in alternative energy.That’s why I set a goal for energy savings of 15% by2015, implemented a tax exemption for residentialsolar installations and asked the federal governmentto remove barriers to off-shore wind production.
Education is the key to movingus forward and that’s why my administration hasfully funded Thornton, investing $5.7 billion thisyear alone and a record $1.3 billion for schoolconstruction. We need to build on this progress withsmart investments and reforms to keep our schoolsranked #1 in the nation.
Our focus is on creating, savingand maintaining jobs. With strategic tax cuts forsmall businesses, public-private partnerships andinvestments in the new economy, we will emergefrom the national recession faster than most states.But we must continue to move forward by investingto create jobs.
Working together, we have restored
scalresponsibility, cutting $5.6 billion in spending whilemaintaining our shared priorities. Our schools areranked #1, our Bay is recovering and our violentcrime rate is at a 35 year low. We must continuemoving forward with a smart,
Thanks to the creation of theChesapeake Bay Trust Fund, innovative partnershipswith stakeholders and high waste reduction goals,our Bay’s health is the best it’s been since 2002 andour crab population is at a 10 year high. But moreneeds to be done to restore our cherished resource.
Our transportation agendahas and will continue to focus on creating jobsand improving the quality of our life and theenvironment while keeping our families safe andsecure. With the purple line, ICC and improvementsat the Port of Baltimore, we will continue to build asystem for the future.
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. / Mary Kane
Campaign Website: bobehrlich.com
I led Maryland out of arecession and a budget de
cit once and I will do itagain. I have 3 simple priorities: more jobs, lowertaxes, and less spending. As a state lawmaker, U.S.Congressman, and Governor, I have always believedin being honest with the citizens I serve.
RUNNING MATE’S QUALIFICATIONS:
Mary Kaneis a working mother, a small business advocate, anda former prosecutor. As the daughter of immigrants,she has a unique understanding of the unlimitedpossibilities available to families if governmentserves the interests of the people.
I have three goals. First, ensure thatenergy supplies are affordable and reliable. Second,diversify energy supplies so that we are less dependenton foreign oil. Third, enact policies that encouragelocal energy companies to create jobs, including inour wind, solar, and nuclear energy sectors.
As Governor, I increased publicschool funds by a record $1.4 billion. As a result,high school AP scores were 2nd best in the U.S.and the achievement gap continued to closeamong African-American & Hispanic students,and students living in poverty. I will continue fullyfunding public schools.
I will treat small businesses as asource of new jobs, not a source of new taxes. Iwill repeal my opponent’s 20% sales tax hike, whichhurts low and middle income families. I will improveMaryland’s business climate, which currently ranks45th in the nation, according to the Tax Foundation.
Maryland lost sight of its spendingpriorities the past 4 years. I will reprioritize howgovernment spends money, redirecting scarce taxdollars into programs that work and that help themost vulnerable in our communities. Ineffectiveprograms that needlessly expand government will bereconsidered.
I will protect the Bay RestorationFund, which Governor O’Malley raided by $155million this year by ensuring the Fund is usedfor its intended purpose: reducing pollution fromwastewater plants. I will protect wildlife and workwith watermen to ensure that our oyster and crabpopulations recover.
In my 1st year, I will restore25% of the transportation funds Governor O’Malleytook from local governments that could have beenused to repair roads. I will demand improved serviceon our troubled MARC system and invest scarcedollars to
x deteriorating road and transit projectsstatewide.