Term: 4 Years
QUESTION: How would you balance statewide interests with the specific needs of your constituents?
Laurence Levitan (Democrat)
Robert J. Miller (Republican)
Laurence Levitan (D)
11426 Georgetowne Dr., Potomac
State senator since 1974, Maryland legislator since 1970; chairs Senate and joint committees on budget and taxation, spending affordability and income tax reform; helped secure $42 million for county school construction in 1986-90, $1 billion for county roads and transit and $800 million for state taxpayers through income tax reform; environmental initiatives include sponsoring "Chickadee Tax Checkoff" to rescue the Chesapeake Bay and endangered species; pro-choice candidate; lawyer, Frank, Bernstein, Conaway & Goldman, Bethesda.
A. My unique leadership position in the Maryland Senate enables me to balance effectively statewide interests with specific county needs. I chair committees crucial to Montgomery County: budget and taxation, spending affordability and income tax reform. Working with colleagues and as Senate conference chairman of Operating and Capitol Budgets, I have directed millions of dollars in state funding locally for new and improved schools, roads and mass transit. Montgomery County benefits from statewide legislation: the return of tax windfalls to local taxpayers; environmental gains of open space; protected farmland; a safeguarded Chesapeake Bay and protection of endangered species; funding for local senior and child day care; and facilities such as addiction treatment and learning centers. I was a catalyst for higher education reform that resulted in designating College Park the University of Maryland's flagship campus and building the new Shady Grove campus. I am proud to have contributed to helping Maryland achieve a AAA bond rating.
Robert J. Miller (R)
13005 Glen Mill Rd., Rockville
Self-employed lawyer; graduate, Gonzaga High School; BS, JD and LLM, Georgetown University; general counsel, federal Mininum Wage Study Commission, 1981-85; lawyer and administrator, U.S. Department of Labor, 1968-1988; executive assistant to former Maryland governor J. Millard Tawes, 1964-65; deputy director, Maryland State agency, 1966-67; former teacher at Montgomery College (1986) and DeMatha High School (1959-1963); member, financial gubernatorial advisory committee, 1966; coordinator of John Moore for Congress campaign, 1964; volunteer in Bush-Quayle campaign, 1988; member, board of governors of Men's Republican Club, 1989-90; married; two children.
A. There must be a fair and equitable statewide distribution of tax revenue. This is not happening now. Montgomery taxpayers pay 68 cents of every dollar to support Baltimore. Maryland's poorer areas have a right to state assistance, but Montgomery County, with its growth problems, needs help too. We generated one-third of the state's population growth during the past decade. The state gladly accepted the tax benefits without building the roads and schools to support such growth. Instead, state funds were squandered on Baltimore's sports stadiums ($330 million), aquariums ($12 million), convention center ($130 million), purchase of the Peabody art collection ($30 million), a golf course ($12 million) and other costly projects. Montgomery County property-owning taxpayers are paying for our legislators' failure to "bring home the bacon" from Annapolis. I would fight for more road, school and police funds and vigorously oppose the efforts of the governor, Baltimore and the Linowes Commission to reduce even further our state aid.