Our nation is gradually emerging from the deepest recession in generations. To survive in this economy, families re-evaluated their priorities and tightened their belts, and they expected their government to do the same thing. That's why Jim Mathias returned part of his own salary and office budget and voted against pay raises for legislators to help balance the budget.
Jim has a record of rooting out waste and inefficiency in government and opposing tax increases. He voted for $5.7 billion in budget cuts over the past four years to balance the state's budget. He voted against raising the state's sales tax and corporate income tax, and he voted to repeal the job-killing "tech tax" passed during the 2007 special session.
Jim helped make the state's budget process more transparent by giving you better tools to track state spending. He voted for the Maryland Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, which created a searchable on-line database containing every state disbursement over $25,000. He subsequently voted to expand the amount of information contained in the database. You can check out the database here (http://spending.dbm.maryland.gov/).
In the Senate, Jim will oppose new taxes on working families and continue to fight for leaner budgets and better accountability in state spending.