Responses from Monroe Burk and James Clark Jr, state Senate candidates for the 14th District, Page 4.
Candidates were asked:
1. Do you feel the package of property relief legislation passed by the 1978 legislature went far enough? Why or why not? Would you favor additional tax relief measures, and if so, what kind?
2. Do you favor the use of state Medicaid funds to pay for abortions? If so, under what circumstances? Anne E. Baker, 26, of 3113 The Oaks Rd., Ellicott City, is a political consultant and a member of the Howard County Democratic Central Committee.
1. No, it did not go far enough. There should be an active move to a greater reliance on the progressive income tax and less reliance on the regressive property tax and sales tax. The legislature should take a more active role in the controlling of state spending. They should have the power to increase and decrease spending after evaluating the success and usefulness of state programs. The incoming legislature should move aggressively in both of these directions.
2. Yes, I favor the use of state funds for abortions, at least in the case of rape, incest or where the continuation of the pregnancy would cause grave physical or psychological danger to the mother. William C. Bevan, 50, of 10750 Guilford Rd., Jessup, is a realtor associate and a retired school administrator.
1. The voter's reaction to Proposition 13 tells me that the legislature will have to give more tax relief for property owners as well as reducing the regressive sales tax. Serious studies on the feasibility of a graduated income tax must be undertaken.
2. Yes, in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. However, I do feel that the state does need to develop a comprehensive program for housing unwanted and abused children. Hugh Burgess, 48, of 8900 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, is an attorney and has been a member of the House of Delegates since 1967.
1. Increased reliance in the income tax with increased graduation. Tax relief for tenants and disabled tenants. The present tax relief program should be more equitably applied throughout the state.
2. Yes, I voted for use of Medicaid funds for abortions in 1978. Medicaid funds should be available according to the rules set down under the Supreme Court ruling and should not be more restrictive than presently applied. Riaz H. Rana, 43, of 11026 Willow Bottom Dr., Columbia, ia a statician.
1. The property tax relief legislation passed in 1978 is not adequate.It was a desperate attempt on the part of the legislature to quell the rising discontent of the people concerning the skyrocketing of property taxes. I would propose legislation which would abolish the locally imposed property tax and substitute a statwide tax in its place. Increases in the property assessment and reassessments would be made only once every three years instead of the present system of reassessing every year.
2. Yes, but only for those cases in which a medical diagnosis is made recommending abortion and only for those women who cannot afford the procedure using their own funds. James C. Strouse, 35, of 9338 Afternoon Lane, Columbia, is a professor and a government consultant.
1. I favor the gradual elimination of the property tax with a graduated income tax. This could be accomplished through a more extensive use of the current "piggyback' method now used by the state government. This changeover should be coupled with a tax lid, so that the state government would be able to collect only so much tax monies and have to live within a limited budget just as its citizens do.
2. Yes, the poor should have the opportunity that every other American has. I favor intensive counseling for persons contemplating abortions so that the individual involved has every chance to consider her options. Since there are many families that want newly born children, the counseling should provide a viable alternative to abortion. Abortion is, at best, a grim procedure. Public funds should be used to help anti-abortion groups give advice to anyone contemplating it for both the poor and the well-off. Eugene Weiss, 49, of 10391 May Wind Ct., Columbia, is a legislative assistant to the Howard County Council.He has been active in state and party politics.
1. I favor restructuring of state taxing structure to reduce reliance on sales and property taxes in favor of an equitable graduated income tax. Thus, I regard the 1978 property tax relief as stopgap measure, good enough as far as it went.
2. Yes. Women who are eligible for medical funds should have the same abortion choice as all other women, as ruled by the Supreme Court. Edward Windsor, 38, of 6310 Setting Star, Columbia, is vice president of the Windsor Boat Company and adjunct professor at University of Maryland.
1. While the property tax relief passed in the last session of the Maryland General Assembly was certainly a step in the right direction, it does not go far enough. I favor two addmitional measures: a homestead exemption for owner-occupied family residences, and additional extension of the 'circuit-breaker' exemptions. Since I believe that the best longterm 'tax' relief is to lower the cost of government, I would consider voting for a measure establishing a reasonable limit on governmental spending.