Our nation is gradually emerging from the deepest recession in generations. To survive in this economy, families re-evaluated their priorities and tightened their belts, and they expected their government to do the same thing. That's why Jim returned part of his own salary and office budget in prior years, and has consistently voted against increased taxes on the hard-working families he represents.
Jim has a record of rooting out waste and inefficiency in government and opposing tax increases. He has supported lower spending, and has voted against increases in the sales tax, income tax, tobacco tax, alcohol tax, gas tax and other onerous taxes that will only stifle job growth.
During the 2012 session, Jim stood with members of both parties by voting against increased taxes, and voted to successfully repeal the job-killing "tech tax" that was passed during the 2007 special session. Jim co-sponsored and voted to raise the estate tax exemption and bring Maryland's tax policy in line with the federal government.
Jim helped make the state's budget process more transparent by giving you better tools to track state spending. Jim supported a bill requiring that Maryland tax forms include a graphical representation of what our tax dollars are spent on. He voted for the Maryland Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, which created a searchable on-line database containing every state disbursement over $25,000. He subsequently voted to expand the amount of information contained in the database. You can view the database here.
In the Senate, Jim has continued to fight against taxes and for reduced government spending. He fought and voted against various tax increases and voted to reduce state spending and reduce the size of Maryland's deficit.