Term: 4 Years
QUESTION: How would you balance statewide interests with the specific needs of your constituents?
Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (Democrat)
John Eugene Sellner (Republican)
Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D)
6502 Horseshoe Rd., Clinton
President, Maryland Senate, 1986-present; state senator, 1974-present; chairman, Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, 1982-86; chairman, Prince George's Senate delegation, 1979-82; House of Delegates, 1970-74; former chairman, Southern Legislative Leaders Conference; voted most effective senator by peers; University of Maryland, 1964; University of Maryland Law School, 1967; married; five children.
A: As president of the Maryland Senate, I have three constituencies: the residents of the 27th District, each of the 47 senators and the citizens of the state of Maryland, all of whom are of paramount importance. Balancing the interests of these constituents is a daily responsibility. During the next decade, Maryland legislators will be faced with important decisions in many areas, including taxes, development, the environment and education. Faced with limited resources, we all must work to provide a realistic program of governmental services while maintaining fiscal responsibility. This term I intend to continue to work closely with Gov. William Donald Schaefer, Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein, Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr., Speaker R. Clayton Mitchell Jr. and each of the members of the Maryland Senate to ensure that the concerns of the residents of southern Prince George's County, the representatives of each legislative district and the citizens of Maryland are addressed in an appropriate, equitable and expeditious manner.
John Eugene Sellner (R)
9107 Allentown Rd., Fort Washington
Associate Realtor, Jim Hall Real Estate; member, VFW, American Legion, Fraternal Order of Police, American Federation of Police and Providence United Methodist Church; married 35 years, with three children and four grandchildren; U.S. military service, 1947-51, served in Japan 1948-50; retired Prince George's County police officer after 25 years of service; graduate of Surratsville High School, 1947; attended U.S. Army Tech School, 1948, FBI Law Enforcement Officers School, 1952, and many police service courses, 1952-74; attended Prince George's Community College, 1974-76 and 1990, and Universities of Miami, 1980, and New England, 1981; county resident since 1933.
A: Maryland now has one of the highest state and local tax rates in the nation, rated the fourth worst, according to a recent survey of all 50 states and the District of Colombia conducted by Money magazine. A typical householder's annual tax bill in Maryland today is $3,782. In comparison, in Texas, rated as having the fourth best tax rate in the nation, the annual bill is $213; in second-best rated Florida, the amount is $164; and in best rated New Hampshire, the bill is $132. I have a legislative proposal that I believe would substantially reduce Maryland's whopping annual tax bill. The outline of my plan on its face is designed to improve the environment along with highway safety, to provide much needed highway funds, to create employment opportunities, to provide state money for advanced vocational training and to enhance small business. My plan has much merit even though I don't have access to all the state data required to make it fully comprehensive.