From Patrick McGrady, a candidate for House of Delegates District 34A:
Late Sunday night, the United States Congress and President passed the Health Care and Education Affordability act that has been in the works for the last 15 months. This will require every individual in the United States to have a qualified Health Insurance plan at their own expense, the expense of their employer, or at the expense of every taxpayer.
I am very concerned for the impact of this legislation on individuals and small businesses in Maryland. It brings with it tax increases at the Federal and State level, and adds more mandates to each and every State. In order to pay for these new unfunded mandates we will have to cut spending or raise taxes in Maryland.
I refuse to support tax increases on Marylanders. We already suffer from the 4th highest taxes in the United States and it doesn’t look like it is going to get better any time soon. As we move forward through this recession we must look at every possible option when cutting spending.
Politicians for too long have voted for new programs without any real solutions. I will bring solutions to Annapolis and make the hard choices required to keep Maryland a great place to live and raise a family. I do not want to be a politician. I want to represent you as a Statesman and citizen legislator.
As your State Delegate I will fight for families and small businesses as they face new issues that arise as the details of the 3,000 page legislation are discovered.