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How would you have voted on the following issues?

You've seen their TV commercials, watched their debates and maybe even gotten some direct mail trashing them. But where do the candidates for governor actually stand on the issues Maryland has confronted during the last few years? And more importantly, which one do you agree with most? Find out using our new interactive scorecard. Select the statement you most agree with and see where you stack up against Democratic nominee Anthony G. Brown and Republican nominee Larry Hogan.**

business climate
Maryland’s highly educated workforce, its excellent quality of life and its strong culture for entrepreneurship make it an great place to do business, but there is room for improvement.
Maryland’s business climate is one of the worst in the country based on its high taxes and reputation for onerous regulations.
education
The state’s roll-out of the new Common Core standards has been disastrous, and we need to hit the pause button on their implementation. Expanding pre-K is a good idea, but Maryland can’t afford it right now.
The most important thing we can do to eliminate the remaining achievement gaps in our schools is to create universal, free pre-K for 4-year-olds.
environment
Maryland’s stormwater management fee is a key element of our strategy to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay pollution diet.
Maryland’s rain tax needs to be repealed, and the state needs focus on forcing the governments in New York and Pennsylvania to limit pollution and sediment flowing into the Chesapeake Bay via the Susquehanna River.
government spending
Opportunities exist for more efficiencies in state government through reform of the procurement process and a comprehensive review of state operations.
Government spending grew too much during the last eight years, and the budget can be cut by at least 5 percent without affecting core services.
guns
Maryland’s new gun control law did not do enough to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, but it should be kept on the books. The state should move toward using the federal instant background check system for gun purchases.
Maryland’s new gun control law includes life-saving bans on the sale or purchase of automatic weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines and a handgun purchaser licensing system that will help keep guns out of criminals’ hands. It must be vigorously enforced.
health insurance exchange
Maryland’s health exchange website had problems, as the federal site and virtually every other state-based exchange, but the state nonetheless managed to enroll more than 450,000 people in health plans.
The roll-out of Maryland’s health insurance exchange under Obamacare was a national embarrassment and a massive waste of taxpayer funds.
immigration
The United States must care for the unaccompanied minors who have recently crossed the U.S. border, but Maryland doesn’t need to encourage more of them to be brought here.
Maryland can accommodate many of the unaccompanied minors who have recently crossed the border in its foster care system, and it should, so long as the federal government pays for it.
taxes
Maryland’s tax burden is crushing small businesses and families, and the state needs to roll back as many of the tax increases of the last eight years as possible.
Marylanders stepped up during the recession to maintain funding for key priorities like education and the environment, but there is no need for more tax increases in the foreseeable future.
transportation
Spending should be focused on fixing and expanding the state’s road network, not expensive mass transit projects.
The Purple Line in suburban Washington and the Red Line in Baltimore are key projects for Maryland’s economic future.
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** Candidate statements are summaries of responses to questions during Sun endorsement interviews. The Sun’s editorial board also sent endorsement questionnaires to the candidates, including a series of yes or no questions (and the option to provide a written response) about 25 major issues the state has faced during the last four years. To read the candidates’ responses to the questionnaire, click here.