vote]. ;e di;erence in the county executive’s proposal and what the county
council ultimately passed was really so
on the margin at that moment in time.
Everybody understood in county government that given the challenges that our
school system faced, that it required $90
million above the maintenance of e;ort
[level required by the state]. We could not
do that without raising taxes. ;e school
system in my judgment is one of the pillars of our community. We can ill a;ord
for that reputation to be tarnished.
And now we need to grow our economy instead of raising taxes. It is not my
intention [if elected] to be proposing any
further tax increases. Do I fully appreciate that our residents have tax fatigue?
Absolutely. I feel like we’ve hit the wall
on tax increases, which is why I think
the focus must be in this race on: ‘Who
do you have confidence in who can grow
our economy, who can grow our tax
base? Who has the vision that will allow
us to prosper without raising taxes?’
In 2017, you opposed a bill, vetoed
by the county executive, to raise the
minimum wage to $15 per hour. You
later supported the revised $15 minimum-wage increase that he signed.
Are you concerned this law could
affect the county’s competitiveness?
[Councilmember] Sidney Katz and I
worked very closely together to make sure
we negotiated a deal that we felt stretched
it out in a way that was least damaging to
our small-business community. Am I concerned about it? I am, but in terms of the
overall equities, it is also true that people
work too hard for too little in our county.
Gov. Hogan has proposed to widen
I- 270 and I-495 and put in toll lanes,
similar to those used in Virginia. Is
that a concept you support, and what
are your transportation priorities?
I am a [mass] transit guy, but that doesn’t
mean you don’t attend to I- 270 and the
American Legion Bridge. It is intolerable
for people who drive I- 270 every day.
Now, there are important di;erences
[with Hogan’s proposal to widen I- 270
and I-495]. Our council has been on
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