|By Michael A. Sawyers, Cumberland Times-News, Md.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The forum, sponsored by the
Both candidates agreed that
Givens said he would introduce legislation to reduce that rate specifically for the district he would represent if elected.
"Population growth will adjust itself if there are jobs," Givens said. "
McKay decried a state spending increase of 11.6 percent in 2012, as well as increases in the taxes for sales, alcohol, flood insurance and gasoline. He said he would work to reduce personal taxes as he has done during his stint as an
The candidates were asked to assess the impact of the
"If you are talking about having a smaller government with less regulation, the
Givens call the
In an attempt to reduce the state's financial deficit, McKay said he would look for guidance from Sen.
Givens said he would work to keep tax dollars gathered in
Givens spent a lot of
McKay said he will not turn his back on law abiding citizens who use guns. "
As members of the political minority party in the state, the candidates were asked what they would do to be heard.
Givens said that during his time testifying in
McKay trumpeted his role in forming and guiding the
McKay called the loss of highway user funds a devastating blow to local governments in
Givens said only 8 percent of Marylanders use public transportation, yet the highway user funds are being directed to those projects. He said he would work to restore those funds to local governments.
Both candidates oppose the legalization of marijuana in
Givens said he believes the state should wait a few years, studying the impact of legalization in
McKay said he does not believe that legalizing marijuana would make a better future for
Each approved of marijuana for medical use if the drug is highly regulated.
There was agreement as well when it comes to giving state contracts to local businesses.
"Out of state contractors don't pay
McKay said the renovation of the
The candidates seemed to part ways when asked about state funding for the
McKay said no more state funds should be spent.
Givens said he could see a role for state funding, as long as funding also came from the federal government and especially the private sector.
Each candidate said if he lost in the
WCBC will air the forum again on Sunday following the
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