DR. VERNON HAYES

Former Maryland District 27A Central Committeeman

 
 

Budget


My top priority is to encourage our legislators to stabilize the state budget without increasing taxes on Maryland residents and businesses.  Residents cannot adequately plan their household budgets, already stretched by the recession, if constantly worried about increased taxes.  Every state policy—education, transportation, etc—is a function of the budget process.    


Budget Cuts


The state’s budget should be balanced through spending cuts in government programs.  The government should not be immune to the economic forces slamming Maryland’s taxpayers: If Maryland families and businesses have to cut spending during the recession, the government should cut expenses, too. 


Program Sunset Provisions


All government programs grow and expand, often without regular review or examination.  Under a budgeting “sunset” provision, a program may only exist for a set amount of time; at the end of that period, the program automatically ends, unless renewed by the legislature.  This limited form of zero-based budgeting forces the administrators and advocates of a program to examine and justify the existence of a program at regular intervals.  I will ask legislators to propose a constitutional amendment to require sunset provisions for all government programs, requiring them to terminate after no longer than five years, unless renewed by law.


Taxes


The tax burden on Maryland families is already crushing, particularly in a post-recessionary period when employers are still cutting jobs and salaries.  I will ask our legislators to not impede a potential economic recovery by increasing Maryland taxes.


Term Limits


Government offices are not an opportunity for lifelong employment by the taxpayers.  The incumbent senator has held his seat for forty years.  If a two-term limit is appropriate for the governor, it is appropriate for all elected officials.  I will ask our state legislators to propose a constitutional amendment limiting all elected state officials (lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller, state senator, and state delegate) to the same term limits that apply to the governor—two four-year terms.


Transportation


Maryland must maintain current transportation services without raising taxes, even if it means the delay of future projects.  Voters cannot afford more taxes during a recession.  Moreover, the state should evaluate whether to increase user fees (such as train and Metro fares) to cover transportation system costs and improvements.    


Gun Issues


I strongly support the Second Amendment right of citizens to keep and bear arms, and support the application of this fundamental right to states and municipalities.  In my 2010 race for Maryland State Senate, I received an A(Q) rating from the National Rifle Association, while my opponent only received a B rating.


Animal Issues


I support strong animal cruelty laws.  In addition, standards should be created for dog breeders to ensure that “puppy mills” do not exist in Maryland.  As your committeeman, I will support legislation providing tax deductions for medical bills for pets adopted from 501(c)(3) organizations; this would help encourage adoptions from rescue groups and shelters, instead of pet stores and breeders.


 

Issues

The Peanut Warehouse with Senator John McCain

South Carolina Presidential Primary

January 2012

Main Policy Issues

budget:  The state budget must be stabilized through spending freezes and program cuts.

taxes:  Tax increases should be rejected by both legislators and the governor.

TERM LIMITS:  All Maryland elected officials should be limited to serving no more than two consecutive terms in a constitutional office.



Proposed Constitutional Revisions


term limits: All Maryland state elected officials--including the lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller, state senator, and state delegate--should be term-limited to two four-year terms, just like that imposed on the governor.


budget: Every state program should include a sunset provision which automatically terminates the program, unless it is renewed by the legislature.


local government: The General Assembly should not be required to approve local legislation.  With the exception of some forms of taxation, counties and municipalities should be granted true home rule power, and the approval of the General Assembly for local legislation should be eliminated.