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Hough wants 2007 tax hikes rolled back

July 18, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

After working for a state senator, then an organization that promotes conservative governance, Michael Hough is running for office for the first time.

Hough -- one of three candidates for Maryland's Subdistrict 3B delegate seat -- said his two biggest concerns are taxes and jobs.

He favors rolling back the package of tax increases passed during the 2007 Maryland General Assembly special session, most notably the increase in sales tax from 5 percent to 6 percent.

Hough, a Republican, has signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge to "oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes."

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He said Maryland has created a climate of high taxes that drives away potential new businesses.

He cited the theory attributed to economist Arthur Laffer -- that revenue rises as a government increases taxes, but only up to a certain point, when additional taxation causes revenue to decline.

Hough is challenging the incumbent delegate, Charles A. Jenkins, who also is a Republican.

Paul Gilligan is the only Democrat in the race.

Subdistrict 3B is mainly in Frederick County but includes a small piece of southern Washington County.

Hough, 30, of Brunswick, was a legislative aide to state Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, from 2004 to 2007.

Since 2007, Hough has worked for the American Legislative Exchange Council, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., that supports conservative lawmakers.

He is listed at the council's website as the director of the Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development Task Force and the Public Safety and Elections Task Force.

Jenkins was appointed in January to fill the rest of Richard B. Weldon Jr.'s term after Weldon resigned.

Because the subdistrict is in two counties, the Republican central committee in each county had a say in recommending a replacement. Frederick County chose Hough. Washington County picked Jenkins.

The choices were sent to Gov. Martin O'Malley, who appointed Jenkins.

The primary will be held Sept. 14. The general election will be on Nov. 2.

State delegates are paid $43,000 a year in Maryland.

Michael Hough



Subdistrict 3B

Name: Michael Hough

Date of birth: Nov. 4, 1979

Address: 143 Fiona Way, Brunswick, Md.

Education: Bachelor's degree in political science from Towson University in 2007

Occupation: Task force director at the American Legislative Exchange Council, a nonpartisan membership organization of conservative state legislators

Political experience: elected to Frederick County Republican Central Committee in 2006; served as legislative aide to state Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington

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