Rep. Bartlett meets with citizens and fields questions in Ellicott City

March 25, 1997|By Craig Timberg | Craig Timberg,SUN STAFF

U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, a Western Maryland Republican, dropped by Howard County offices yesterday for private meetings with citizens and an open discussion on subjects ranging from environmental regulations, to tax policy, to the balanced budget.

"We've just got a government which is out of control," Bartlett told the gathering of 15 in the George Howard Building in Ellicott City. "What I favor is a straight-line glide path down to a balanced budget. Bite the bullet and do it."

Responding to questions from citizens, Bartlett said he favors eliminating the federal income tax and capital gains tax. In their place, he favors a national sales tax, which he said would be fairer and simpler to administer.

"With all the illegal aliens coming in," Bartlett joked, "maybe we can profitably move some people from the IRS to the border [as guards]."

Bartlett' district stretches from Maryland's western border to Ellicott City, but it includes only a few neighborhoods in Columbia.

The crowd gathered for the 2 p.m. meeting responded warmly to Bartlett and lined up to meet him afterward, some people looking for help with specific problems involving the federal government.

"It's nice to see the representation thing work down to the grass-roots level," said Ron Semmont of Ellicott City.

Pub Date: 3/25/97

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