Harford Handouts to Big Business

Did you see the County Council meeting last Tuesday? Here’s a quick video recap:

Bel Air, MD July 16, 2012
Harford Handouts
On July 10th the Harford County Council voted 5-1 on a Resolution to grant up to $100,000 from taxpayers of Harford County to a multi-billion dollar company that manufactures TSA-used body scanners in Edgewood, MD.
The Harford Campaign for Liberty opposes this use of taxpayer dollars and will continue to work to inform the public about this legislation.
Resolution 12-15 was introduced by Council President Boniface, R – At-Large, at the request of Harford County Executive David Craig, R, via the Economic Development department. This resolution also authorizes the State of Maryland to lend $750,000 to Smith’s Detection Corporation, a London-based firm that specializes in Detection equipment like x-ray scanners and bomb-detection equipment. While it is called a loan the $750,000 is actually a gift. The “loan” requires no payments during the first 10 years & the “loan” is forgiven after 10 years. The “loan” gift from the state of MD required a 10% match of funds from Harford. Yet for some reason County Executive Craig proposed an increased tax payer gift from $75,000 to $100,000 from Harford.
The motion to approve the handout to Smith’s Detection was entered by Councilman “Capt’n” Jim MaMahon, District C. It was seconded by Councilman Dion Guthrie, District A. The roll call vote to pass 15-12 was as follows: For: Guthrie D-A, McMahon R-C, Shrodes R-D, Slutzsky R-E, Lisanti D-C. Against: Woods
You can see the video of the Harford Handout here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIJDFByKvdI
The role of government is to protect the rights and freedoms of the people and not to give taxpayer-funded handouts to large, wealthy, multinational businesses.
A vote in favor of this resolution was a vote in favor of crony socialism that works opposite the best interests of a free society & free markets. With this resolution the County Council is picking winners and losers in Harford County, and ought not be suffered by free people.
For information on the bill, see it here:

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Fiscal note here:

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Some Facts about Smith’s Detection–
Smith’s Group, PLC, is a multi-million dollar company based in London, UK. In 2011, they reported profits of $661MM. Here’s their website and the Consolidated Income Statement for 2011: http://www.smiths.com/ar11/consolidated-income-statement.aspx
-On 7/2/ 12 announced a $16.9MM contract with the federal government at Aberdeen Proving Ground to produce chemical agent detectors.
-On 6/29/12 announced a $248.5MM contract ,the largest ever, with the Army, for “non-intrusive inspection systems and hardware” to scan people, vehicles, and cargo in Afghanistan. The Army is expected to take delivery by 8/31/14 (The Obama administration has stated that almost all of our troops will be out of Afghanistan by 2014).

-On 4/9/12 announced a $27.5MM contract for chemical agent detectors, communications adapter kits, another military items.

-On 3/26/12 Announced a $122MM contract to supply detection systems to the Doha Airport in Qatar, UAE

-On 12/1/11 announced a Navy contract of $9.4MM for meteorological devices
Smith’s Detection’s location in Edgewood, MD received an Enterprise Zone Tax Credit. Since 2006, they have paid only 20% of their property taxes due to the County and State. This will phase out over time by 2016. They are also eligible for an income tax credit equal to at least $1,000 per employee hired at this location, and $6,000 per ‘economically disadvantaged’ employee over three years.
Clearly, Smith’s Detection is not in need of a $750,000 gift from the state of Maryland courtesy of the tax payer to expand their Edgewood facility nor $100,000 from Harford taxpayers to train their workers.
The Smith’s Detection Edgewood location currently employs 215 people, with plans to add 100 more jobs that will be moving to Edgewood from a location in Canada. There is no guarantee those workers will live in Harford. The average wage for these jobs will be $74,000 of which only $54,000 impacts the purported revenue stream to Harford County.
Call the County Council today to let them know your thoughts on the wealth redistribution from Harford & Maryland taxpayers to large multi-million dollar, multi-national corporations & their generosity with your money.

Council President Billy Boniface:
410-638-3525wkboniface@harfordcountymd.gov

District A
Dion Guthrie
410-638-3521
dfguthrie@harfordcountymd.gov

District B
Joe Woods
410-639-3520
jmwoods@harfordcountymd.gov

District C
James “Capt’n Jim” McMahan
410-638-3523
jvmcmahan@harfordcountymd.gov

District D
Chad Shrodes
410-638-3524
cshrodes@harfordcountymd.gov

District E
Richard C. Slutzky
410-638-3522
rcslutzky@harfordcountymd.gov

District F
Mary Ann Lisanti
410-638-3526
malisanti@harfordcountymd.gov

County Executive David Craig
countyexecutive@harfordcountymd.gov
410.638.3350

The mission of Campaign for Liberty is to promote and defend the great American principles of individual liberty, constitutional government, sound money, free markets, and a noninterventionist foreign policy, by means of educational and political activity.
The Harford Campaign for Liberty meets every 4th Tuesday of the month at 23 Newport Drive in Forest Hill, MD at 7PM.

Harford Campaign for Liberty Opposes handout to Big business

Harford Campaign for Liberty Opposes Handout to TSA Body Scanner Manufacturer

Bel Air, MD July 10, 2012

The Harford County Council will vote tonight on a Resolution granting up to $100,000 from taxpayers of Harford County to a multi-billion dollar company that manufactures TSA-used body scanners in Edgewood, MD.

The Harford Campaign for Liberty opposes this use of taxpayer dollars and will work to inform the public about this legislation.

Resolution 12-15 was introduced by Council President Boniface at the request of Harford County Executive David Craig via the Economic Development department. This resolution also authorizes the State of Maryland to lend $750,000 to Smith’s Detection Corporation, a London-based firm that specializes in Detection equipment like x-ray scanners and bomb-detection equipment.

The role of government is to protect the rights and freedoms of the people and not to give taxpayer-funded handouts to large, wealthy, multinational businesses.

A vote in favor of this this resolution is a vote in favor of crony capitalism that works opposite the best interests of a free society. This resolution is the County Council picking winners and losers in Harford County, and ought not be suffered by free people.

For information on the bill, see it here:

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Fiscal note here:

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Some Facts about Smith’s Detection–

Smith’s Group, PLC, is a multbillion dollar company based in London, UK. In 2011, they reported profits of more than $600MM. Here’s their website and the Consolidated Income Statement for 2011: http://www.smiths.com/ar11/consolidated-income-statement.aspx

Smith’s Detection:

-On 7/2/12 announced a $16.9MM contract with the federal government at Aberdeen Proving Ground to produce chemical agent detectors.

-On 6/29/12 announced a $248.5MM contract with the Army, for “non-intrusive inspection systems and hardware” to scan people, vehicles, and cargo in Afganistan. The Army is expected to take delivery by 8/31/14 (The Obama administration has stated that almost all of our troops will be out of Afganistan by 2014)
-On 4/9/12 announced a $27.5MM contract for chemical agent detectors, communications adapter kits, another military items.
-On 3/26/12 Announced a $122MM contract to supply detection systems to the Doha Airport in Qatar, UAE
-On 12/1/11 announced a Navy contract of $9.4MM for meteorological devices

Smith’s Detection’s location in Edgewood, MD receives an Enterprise Zone Tax Credit. Since 2006, they have paid only 20% of their property taxes due to the County and State. This will phase out over time by 2016. They are also eligible for an income tax credit equal to at least $1,000 per employee hired at this location, and $6,000 per ‘economically disadvantaged’ employee over three years.

The Smith’s Detection Edgewood location currently employs 215 people, with plans to add 100 more jobs that will be moving to Edgewood from a location in Canada. The average wage for these jobs will be $74,000.

The mission of Campaign for Liberty is to promote and defend the great American principles of individual liberty, constitutional government, sound money, free markets, and a noninterventionist foreign policy, by means of educational and political activity.

The Harford Campaign for Liberty meets every 4th Tuesday of the month at 23 Newport Drive in Forest Hill, MD at 7PM.

Contact the Harford County Council today!

Council President Billy Boniface:
410-638-3525
wkboniface@harfordcountymd.gov
District A
Dion Guthrie
410-638-3521
dfguthrie@harfordcountymd.gov
District B
Joe Woods
410-639-3520
jmwoods@harfordcountymd.gov
District C
James “Capt’n Jim” McMahan
410-638-3523
jvmcmahan@harfordcountymd.gov
District D
Chad Shrodes
410-638-3524
cshrodes@harfordcountymd.gov
District E
Richard C. Slutzky
410-638-3522
rcslutzky@harfordcountymd.gov
District F
Mary Ann Lisanti
410-638-3526
malisanti@harfordcountymd.gov
County Executive David Craig
countyexecutive@harfordcountymd.gov
410.638.3350

Write to Congress, Tell them why you oppose CISPA

Here’s a sample draft of a letter to send:

Dear Representative,

I urge you to vote “NO” on H.R. 3523, the “Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011” (CISPA).

The American people depend on their elected representatives to be the guardians of their privacy rights, yet CISPA opens the door for unprecedented abuse.

Though CISPA is touted as being a harmless bill that enables voluntary “information sharing” between private corporations and government agencies, the “notwithstanding any other provision in law” clause it contains would essentially deem all existing privacy laws null and void for “cybersecurity” purposes.

In addition, CIPSA would allow the transfer of vast amounts of data between private entities and government departments without any requirement on removing personally identifying details.

And it prevents the American people from being able to take action against a private company that misuses their personal information or falsely labels them a threat.

Even in cases of intentional misuse of personal information by government agencies, a two-year statute of limitations virtually guarantees such abuses will go unchallenged.

Constitutional safeguards instituted to defend the fundamental principles that are supposed to set our nation apart must never be abandoned or traded for a false sense of security.

Though defending our country is the primary responsibility of the federal government, any such efforts must be undertaken with full respect given to the American people’s rights and freedoms.

“Cybersecurity” legislation that truly tackles the problem will not leave experts in the tech field scratching their heads as to what Congress is attempting to do. And the bill’s language would specifically target a clearly identified threat, instead of allowing seemingly anyone to access our most personal details.

I hope that I can report to my friends, neighbors, and  colleagues in our district that you upheld their right to privacy by voting against H.R. 3523, the “Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011.”

Harford Campaign for Liberty partners with HPOA to oppose Rental Registration bill

Harford Campaign for Liberty and Harford Property Owners Partner to Stop assault on Property Rights

February 10, 2012 — Bel Air, MD

Harford County Campaign for Liberty and Harford County Property Owners Association are partnering to oppose Council Bill 12-02 and defend the rights of property owners and tenants in Harford County.

Bill 12-02 includes a “rental registration” provision that mandates property owners and managers to acquire a permit and pay a fee before renting their home, townhouse, trailer, or other residential real property.

There will be a joint rally at the County Council Chambers for the County Council hearing this Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 starting at 4:30PM until the hearing starts at 6:30PM, where many opponents of the legislation will testify during the public hearing.

“Every single resident, businessperson, and property owner in Harford County seeks a safe and secure environment to raise a family and do business, but Council Bill 12-02 creates a bureaucracy and expanded government power that will do nothing to reach these goals.” says Lowell Sheets of theHarford Campaign for Liberty.

Link to Proposed Legislation: http://harfordproperty.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Bill-No.-12-02-Livability-Code.pdf

Some of the destructive parts of this bill include:

  1. Mandated Rental Registration for every property owner or manager, which does not accomplish the state goals of the legislation. The State Department of Assessments and Taxation has records who owns real property and the current use. Nobody should have to ask permission from the County to use their property in an approved use.
  2. Allows for unconstitutional, unwarranted searches of private property searches at the discretion of the Director of Housing (under the authority of the County Executive)
  3. The added regulatory burden and registration will increase costs for renters and property owners.
  4. The creation of “targeted neighborhoods” at the discretion of the Executive gives too much power that may be abused.
  5. Fines for failing to register of $1,000.00 per violation, with each day being a new violation are outrageous.
  6. The free use of private property and the ability to contract between property owners and renters is crucial to the freedom of our citizens.

Council Bil 12-02 fails to recognize that tools already in place to identify and deal with
negligent landlords have not been adequately enforced.

Joan Ryder, member of the Harford Property Owners Association, said “This bill is a solution in search of a problem. This will increase the price of rents and have the exact opposite effect that is intended. We should work to strengthen communities without the force of government mandates and fines.”

We invite all concerned citizens to join us as we respectfully, peacefully but firmly express our concerns to our elected officials.

When: February 14th, 4:30pm.
Where: 212 South Bond Street  (Black Box)
Why: An informed, involved and passionate citizenry is vital to the health of the republic.

A public hearing is scheduled in the council chambers at 6:30 pm.  Please consider speaking out. Any signs must be left outside the chamber. Opponents of Bill 12-02 are requested to wear a red article of clothing to demonstrate the level of opposition for the public and the Council.

The Harford Property Owners Association is a not-for-profit organization of Harford County residents interested in defending the private property rights of everyone in Harford County. For more information, go to www.HarfordProperty.org.

The Harford Campaign for Liberty is an activist organization with a mission of promoting and defending the great American principles of individual liberty, constitutional government, sound money, free markets, and a noninterventionist foreign policy, by means of educational and political activity. Meetings are held every fourth Tuesday of the month at the 29 Newport Drive in Forest Hill, MD.

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