Do you support the findings of the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education? Are you committed to funding associated reforms, and if so, how?
Brown: My assuring that casino and lottery monies are used and directed; using funds for firearm programs and special crime funds to fund education.
Is Maryland’s transportation spending appropriately balanced between roads and transit? Does the state have the resources to meet its transportation needs? With the cancellation of the Red Line and the advent of BaltimoreLink, is the Baltimore region adequately served by transit?
Brown: Maryland should ask persons that use and fund the programs, not politicians and their friends.
Do you support the legalization of recreational marijuana?
At a time when the federal government’s commitment to Chesapeake Bay restoration is questionable, what new steps should Maryland take to protect this resource?
Brown: Rely more on the persons closet to the problem; deal directly with the issues such as run off and persons causing the run off; more youth programs related to the future of the bay and the rivers flowing into it.
What steps should Maryland take to ensure the broadest possible access to affordable health care?
Brown: We need a true number of persons in need of services before we create a program.
What role should the state play in helping Baltimore address violent crime?
Brown: I have worked in prisons, probation, pretrial release, juvenile justice and taught youth, fresh out of high school during my time at Morgan State University. The problem is the failure of the school system to prepare youths for real occupations; a program that will prepare youth to read and for careers other that college will go a long way in reducing crime on the streets of Baltimore. The state needs to look at the expansion of youth services (YSB) as the primary intake for all youth.
How would you characterize Maryland’s business climate? What can the state do to foster the creation of more family-supporting jobs?
Brown: Stop using tax payers money to recruit large out of state companies and host and promote local businesses
Do you support the creation of a non-partisan, independent body to draw legislative and congressional district maps after each census?
Does the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights adequately balance protections for police and the public? Should it be changed, and if so, how?
Brown: It should be change to allow civilians on the boards and true civilian review boards; all finding should be published.
What strategy would you adopt to address the opioid addiction and overdose crisis?
Brown: More law enforcement focused on dealers more mental health for users.
What if anything should the state do to address income inequality?
Brown: Equal pay for same work; address work place bullying from supervisors.
Do the state’s Public Information Act and open meetings laws adequately ensure Marylanders’ ability to exercise oversight of the government?
Brown: It appears to be; however, meeting still occur in private