RON’S PLAN

Promise One
ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

I promise to create true economic growth with my Economic Development and Maryland Jobs Plan which will make our state a better place to do business by…

  • Lowering business tax and extremely high unemployment insurance tax.
  • Building Maryland’s tax base with a concentration on building Baltimore’s tax base.  All counties are forced to send a large amount of their tax dollars to Baltimore. This will let them keep it home while helping Baltimore meet its infrastructure and educational needs.
  • Encouraging – not punishing – entrepreneurship and individual initiative.  As Governor of Maryland, I want to increase economic growth to encourage businesses and investors to remain in our state.  I will work to decrease wasteful spending and stop raising taxes to build up our State’s tax base.

 

Promise Two
RESTORE GOOD GOVERNMENT

I promise to restore good government to the State of Maryland by…

  • Demanding the highest standards of ethics and conduct to create a government that is more responsive to individuals regardless of income or party affiliation.
  • Requiring the automatic forfeiture of retirement benefits for any elected official that is convicted of abusing their office for political gain.
  • Enforcing the Campaign Finance Reform laws I helped to put into place this past session.
  • Implementing the state’s transparency software that the O’Malley/ Brown administration cut funding to.
  • Removing the pressure of one-size fits all state mandates on local governments because the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people.

 

Promise Three
BALANCE STATE BUDGET

I promise to Balance the State Budget with No New Taxes by…

  • Growing the tax base.
  • Requiring independent audits of all departments, agencies, including our Medicaid and state health insurance. Just over a week ago, the federal government did an audit to see if so called stimulus money to education was spent correctly in Maryland. They found that between $540,000 and $710,000 was misused for parties, dinner cruises, and the sort. We were lucky the federal government checked. You see, our state government does internal audits. And no waste is ever found.  I will bring in professional independent auditors.  Governor Christie did this for the health coverage and New Jersey uncovered $700 million in misuse, fraud, and double billing. Yesterday, Massachusetts received the results of an independent audit that found $80 million dollars of their welfare dollars were misappropriated, much of it going to dead people. Independent audits work.
  • Cutting any waste and direct funds to its intended target instead of wasteful spending.
  • Level budget funding when necessary.

 

Promise Four
REDUCE TAXES AND FEES

I promise to Reduce Taxes and Fees for residents by…

  • Repealing the Gas Tax, the Rain Tax, and challenging the EPA in court if necessary.
  • Allowing residents to receive a 20% sales tax tax-credit on all purchases made in Maryland when they file for their tax returns and supply a proof of purchase.  This will grow the economy by creating an incentive for Marylanders to buy Maryland goods.

 

Promise Five
INCREASE SAFETY

I promise to keep you safe by…

  • Enforcing existing laws, removing ineffective and over-reaching laws.
  • Reforming our prisons to make them true rehabilitation facilities with drug and alcohol rehab, education and financial literacy courses.
  • Creating and enforcing drug free zones around community recreational centers, schools, and public housing with stiffer penalties.
  • Increasing the number of school resource officers each year until all schools are protected.
  • Protecting our children from the encroachment of predators and those that prey on the innocent.

 

Promise Six
PROMOTE EFFECTIVE EDUCATION

I promise to improve education by…

  • Grading success only on outcome based measures, not on the amount of money spent on education and construction or pay.
  • Creating a “scholarship” system where students that pass an entrance exam to a non-public school will receive money to attend without the state having to pay a penny more.  Currently it costs Maryland $13,900 each year to educate a student and the national average is $10,400.  By allowing a “scholarship” of half that amount, our public school teachers will have smaller class sizes and better pay.  This will allow the state to save money while all students receive a more tailored education according to their abilities.
  • Creating a Baltimore Childrens’ Zone in the failing high crime areas modeled after the effective Harlem Childrens’ Zone where grades and attitudes have improved immensely.
  • Promoting Government Civics courses and Financial Literacy courses.  To better prepare graduating students, it’s important they understand the form of government and the economic system they will be a part of.

 

Promise Seven
ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

I promise to work towards energy independence and a truly clean environment by…

We must not rely on unstable governments half way around the world. Maryland must do her part.

I have a plan for the environment that will help without punishing consumers, businesses, waterfront owners, boaters, farmers, watermen and taxpayers.

  • Let’s get to natural gas NOW! It is clean and will help keep costs down.
  • Dredge the silt pond on the north side of Conowingo Dam.  Storms and drainage continually bring damaging silt into the bay and does more to hurt our ecosystem than all other forces combined.
  • Create renewable energy solutions without increasing costs to consumers as a way to supplement our energy needs.  My plan for a few turbines at Greenbury Point with the land leased to a private company by the Navy is an example. There is a grid in place and the Navy is now looking into it. It supplements the grid and will help with energy costs. If it fails, it is the company that fails, not the tax payers and consumers. This is one of my examples. The governors off-shore project will costs us millions for years to come. It is time for real solutions that do not punish.  I have these ideas and more.

 

Promise Eight
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVMENT

I promise to implement a pro-active transportation plan for Maryland.  My transportation plan, which will be available during policy tours this fall, will move Maryland away from the current reactive plan and improve our State’s transportation.

 

Promise Nine
PRESERVE NATURAL RESOURCES

I promise to restore, conserve and preserve our natural resources without punishing the very people who live, work and recreate here just because they love our beautiful state.  I will restore, conserve, and preserve our natural resources without punishing businesses, homeowners, boaters, farmers, or watermen or taxpayers…or anyone who gets rained on.

 

Promise Ten
PROTECT OUR CONSTITUTION

I promise to protect your God-given rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States and ensure your rights will not be infringed upon.  I believe the strength of our state lies with the individual and that each person’s dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be honored.


Ron George’s Gubernatorial Campaign Announcement

It must be frustrating to the Democrats that…we –– will -– not -– give –– up!

That there are still people who believe in freedom; a free market economic system; a right to property; to bear arms; to teach your children the way you feel is best; that you should bear the fruits of your hard work; that charity is best served when you are able to give the money directly to the charity instead of through a Government that trickles it down; people that understand first hand that overtaxing creates less money for an economy whose growth depends on discretionary spending and the ability to purchase. THAT is what grows the economy!

The last eight years the economy went south and we have seen a government that decided that, since you are making less, they would take more. A lot more. They also believe that if you make more, they also take more. If it moves, what do they do? They…. Tax it. “Um, technically rain moves. Let’s tax it, too”. When it dies, what do they do? They… Tax it. Maryland is unique in the death tax. They raised the budget from 27 billion to 38 billion. They rob the transportation funds, quite a bit, and then finally the roads need fixing so they raise the gas tax, quite a bit. They increased business taxes, income taxes, sales taxes, capital gains taxes, recordation tax, liquor taxes, tolls, all license fees, retirement income taxes, and veterans’ income is taxed higher. The out-going administration, the O’Malley/Brown administration, did that. Thank God it’s almost over.

Maryland has a net loss of 6,500 businesses moving out of state since O’Malley/Brown began their onslaught on job creators. In mid-May, O’Malley claimed we had the best job growth in the nation. But the same day he made that claim, the labor department released the April figures which showed that Maryland lost 6,200 jobs. It is even worse than that because the figures showed that government jobs grew that month by 2,400. So that means that we lost 8,600 private sector jobs with a net of 6,200 jobs lost, all private sector while our state government grew. Mr. O’Malley failed to read further…Maryland figures over reported the March job growth by nearly double and he knew it.

The left wing may know how to create a government job; they do not know how they will pay for that government job. And they certainly have not shown they know how to get out of the way and let the true job creators create private sector jobs. I know how to compete with Virginia, give me that opportunity, Let me at it!

I grew up hiking the hills of Howard County, playing in the Middle and Little Patuxent Rivers. I spent many summer weekends on the bay; I played on the beaches and fished on the Eastern Shore; and I hiked the mountains of Western Maryland. I played baseball on many fields and breathed the warm fresh night air at many an Oriole game. I worked hard on paper routes, dishwashing, bussing tables, stocking shelves, learning a craft, and starting a business because I love Maryland.

It is time to Build a New Maryland; One that builds a tax base that allows us to meet the needs of education and transportation and environment. One that allows manufacturing to return in order to create entry-level and mid-level jobs. A New Maryland that helps a race of people where so many have been enslaved in dependency by a great society experiment that has failed them. And still fails them after 50 years. Maryland can no longer divide. The best social programs are a family and a job. We can build a tax base in Baltimore so that this once great city will become a “Jewel by the bay” that will be able to meet its needs on its own. Thus allowing the other local jurisdictions to keep more money home. We can create an education system that creates smaller class sizes giving teaches higher pay and planning time without it costing us more. We can build a Maryland where entrepreneurship thrives. One that welcomes job creators back and encourages their investment. A Maryland government of the people that stops taking and over regulating and distrusting your ability to use your freedom.

I have a vision of what Maryland can be. A state that leads the nation in job creation, education outcomes, energy independence, technology infrastructure, a state you can afford to live in, a state you can retire in, a state that recognizes the shortcomings of the great society experiment and begins to empower people of all races and encourages work over welfare.

It is time to Build a New Maryland, one of freedom and opportunity.

HERE IS MY TEN-POINT PROMISE:

I promise to:

1. Create True Economic Growth with my Economic Development and Maryland Jobs Plan which will make Maryland, a better place to do business:

a) By lowering our business tax, and extremely high unemployment insurance tax.
b) By building the Maryland’s tax base with a concentration on building Baltimore’s tax base. All counties are sending a large amount of money to Baltimore. This will let them keep it home while helping Baltimore meet its infrastructure and educational needs.
c) By encouraging, not punishing, entrepreneurship and individual initiative. When I am Governor, Maryland will no longer continue to raise taxes, increase spending and not care that businesses and investors are leaving. They succeeded in creating an ever decreasing tax base. I will bring economic growth.

2. Restore Good Government:

a) By demanding the highest standards of ethics and conduct creating a government that is more responsive to individuals regardless of income or party affiliation.
b) By requiring the automatic forfeiture of retirement benefits for any elected official that is convicted of abusing their office for political gain.
c) By enforcing the Campaign Finance Reform laws I help put into place this past session.
d) By implementing the state’s transparency soft ware that the O’Malley/ Brown administration cut funding to.
e) By removing the pressure of one-size fits all state mandates on local governments because the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people.

3. Balance the State Budget with No New Taxes:

a) By growing the tax base.
b) By requiring independent audits of all departments, agencies, including our Medicaid, Welfare, and state health insurance. Just over a week ago, the federal government did an audit to see if so called stimulus money to education was spent correctly in Maryland. They found that between $540,000 and $710,000 was misused for parties, dinner cruises, and the sort. Weren’t we lucky the federal government checked. You see, our state government does internal audits. And no waste is ever found. I will bring in professional independent auditors. Governor Christie did this for the health coverage and New Jersey uncovered $700 million in misuse, fraud, and double billing. Yesterday, Massachusetts received the results of an independent audit that found $80 million dollars of their welfare dollars were misappropriated, much of it going to dead people. Independent audits work.
c) I will cut any waste and flow money more directly to its intended target.
d) By level funding when necessary.

4. Reduce Taxes and Fees for Residents:

a) By repealing the Gas Tax and the Rain Tax, challenging the EPA in court if necessary.
b) By allowing Maryland residents to receive a 20% sale tax- credit on all purchases made in Maryland when they file for their tax returns and supply a proof of purchase, thus creating an incentive for Marylanders to buy Maryland goods. This will grow the economy.

5. Increase Safety:

a) By enforcing existing laws, removing ineffective and over-reaching laws.
b) By reforming our prisons to make them true rehabilitation facilities with drug and alcohol rehab, education and financial literacy courses.
c) By creating and enforcing drug free zones around community recreation centers, schools, and public housing with stiffer penalties.
d) By increasing the number of school resource officers each year until all schools are protected.
e) By protecting our children from the encroachment of predators and those that prey on innocence.

6. Promote Effective Education:

a) By grading success only on outcome based measures, not on the amount of money spent on education and construction or pay.
b) By creating a “scholarship” system where students that pass an entrance exam to a non-public school will receive money to attend without the state having to pay a penny more. Currently it costs Maryland $13,900 each year to educate a student, the national average is $10,400.
c) By allowing a “scholarship” of half that amount, our public school teachers will have smaller class sizes, better pay, the state saves some money while all students receive a more tailored education according to their abilities.
d) By creating a Baltimore Children’s Zone in the failing high crime areas modeled after the effective Harlem Children’s Zone where grades and attitudes have improved immensely.
e) By promoting Government Civics Courses and Financial Literacy courses. Students need to understand the form of government and the economic system they will be a part of. Otherwise they will graduate unprepared.

7. Work towards energy independence

Work towards Energy Independence so we will not rely on the unstable governments half way around the world. Maryland must do her part.

8. Change Maryland to a pro-active transportation plan

Change Maryland to a Pro-active Transportation Plan instead of the current reactive one. I have a transportation plan that can do this. And you will hear of it when I begin my policy tours this fall.

9. Restore, Conserve and Preserve Our Environment

Restore, Conserve and Preserve Our Natural Resources without punishing the very people who live, work and recreate here because they love our beautiful state. I will restore, conserve, and preserve our natural resources without punishing businesses, homeowners, boaters, farmers, or watermen or taxpayers…Or anyone who gets rained on. I promise all this and add one more:

10. Promise To Protect God Given Rights Guaranteed By Our Constitution

I promise to protect your God-given rights guaranteed by our Constitution and I will make sure they will not be infringed upon. You see, I believe the strength of our state lies with the individual and that each person’s dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be honored. SO HELP ME GOD!

Ron George
Candidate for Governor


Disclaimer:
There may be invert discrepancies or omissions, but the substance is consistent with Ron George’s opinions and positions

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