Candidates for Maryland House and Senate seats were asked:
1. Would you support legislation to make the income tax the major source of revenue for the state and for county governments?
2. Do you think that state regulatory commissions have enough power and are adequately controlling the actions of power and water utilities in the state?
3. Under what circumstances, if any, do you think the state should provide funding for abortions for welfare recipients? 14th District (14A) House (Vote for 1) Thomas R. Falcinelli, 43, of 12405 Mylott St., Silver Spring, is an attorney.
1. Yes - provided the local piggy-back tax and certain taxing measures were eliminated.
3. None - Margaret Sanger, foundress of Planned Parenthood, said in her autobiography, "Abortion is the wrong way, no matter how early it was performed, it was taking life." John H. Harman, 34, of 15401 Valencia St., Silver Spring, is an attorney. He has worked for the Department of Commerce.
3. Upon approval of attending physician. Linda Wood, 37, 15016 Whitegate Rd., Silver Spring, is a homemaker. She has been a member of the Montgomery County Central Committee.
1. The income tax is already the major source of revenue for the state. I could support such legislation if property tax relief could be guaranteed by heavier reliance on the income tax for county revenues.
3. Maryland's present law is adequate until an alternate solution can be found. I have serious reservations concerning the use of abortion as a primary method of birth control. 15th District Senate (Vote for 1)
John Henry Hiser Jr. did not respond. George E. Sauer, 44, of 8307 Post Oak Rd., Rockville, is a computer programmer; was president of Montgomery County Civic Federation.
1. The property tax as the primary tax is an anachronism that goes back to the days when farming was the primary occupation and land was equivalent to income.
2. I think they have the power but have just begun to use it adequately. Inadequately staffing and poor personnel have limited their usefulness. State positions have been used as sinecures for defeated Democrats as places to put unqualified legislators blocking the pipeline and as place for campaign aides. Until people get serious about quality of the people they elect and those they appoint, we will not have efficient, effective government.
3. Rape, incest, fetal abnormality and threat to the life of the mother. House (15B) (Vote for 2) Thomas S. Fess, 42, of 11911 Renwood La., Rockville, is an ombudsman and staff assistant for the Montgomery County Board of Education.
1. No, firmly believe reliance on one form of tax is regressive, i.e. dependence on property tax needs to be reduced.
2. Some agencies have abused regulatory authority and should be cut back. What actions are you referring? If increase in electric bills last winter, then I believe they are not performing adequately.
3. Rape, incest, clear danger to mother's health. Robin Ficker, 35, of 7526 Glennon Dr., West Bethesda, is an attorney and an engineer. He has worked on many public interest lawsuits.
1. Only with a concomitant decrease in other taxes. Wary of tax increases in "reform" clothing.
2. No. Esoteric and purposely complicated rate structure conceal large annual increases. I am particularly upset that the Public Service Commission allows the phone company to charge Gaithersburg residents long distance rates for calls within local Washington, D.C., area. Also, we must end the automatic pass-through of Pepco fuel adjustment charges.
3. Our state cannot afford this expenditure. Thomas H. Williams, 52, of 9409 Kentsdale Dr., Potomac, is an attorney.
1. Yes, for state revenue. For local services, revenue should be raised by an equitable balance between income taxes and property taxes.
2. They have enough power but are not exercising it in the best interest of the public.
3. I support the principle behind existing stale legislation limiting funding to medically certified extraordinary cases involving life or death or criminal assault. Eduardo Wolle, 24, of 402 Chestnut Ave., Washington Grove, is unemployed; has been on Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees, county school councils.
3. Under Medicaid for a limited time. The government must step up birth control information dispersal. The Medicaid program could be sunset after two to five years. If an adequate birth control program results, then subsidized abortion for the poor could be on a matching-funds basis. 18th District House (Vote for 3) Daniel J. Boyle, 31, of 1316 Woodside Parkway, Silver Spring, is a physician; has served on citizens advisory board for Montgomery Schools.
1. I would eliminate "nuisance taxes" and concentrate on property and sales tax as well as income tax.
2. No. Utilities and the agencies which regulate them are too closely related to one another, and the agencies fail to perform their function as a watch dog. In addition, there is not enough public exposure of the financial dealings of utilities.
3. Only to save the life of the mother (as a physician, I can say this situation rarely, if ever, occurs). John Dean, 50, of 1110 Fidler Lane, Silver Spring, is a lawyer. He served on the City Council in East Palestine, Ohio, from 1958 to 1961.
1. Yes. Sales and property taxes are extremely regressive, without regard for ability of the individual to pay, very detrimental to those in fixed incomes.
2. I believe they have adequate powers presently, but do not always, make optimum use of their existing powers.
3. In the event of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest, or in which the likelihood of severe physical or mental harm to the mother, or disease or probably malformation of the fetus.
Stephen W. Hodgkins did not respond. Lavell Merritt, 50, of 2223 Westview Dr., Silver Spring, is an administrator. He is former assistant director of the Maryland office of Minority Business Enterprise.
2. Yes, they have sufficient power but behave as if they work for the utilities.
3. On a basis of need. Lorenza (Lorri) D. Simmons, 45, of 10225 Kensington Parkway, Kensington, is vice president of WLS Design Associates, Ltd.; active in several community groups.
2. No, state regulatory agencies are not apparently exercising adequate control; therefore perhaps restructuring them is needed.
3. Rape, incest, personal request, and (if) prevailing family conditions warrant it - as mother's health, heredity, etc.