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?
Williams: I do support The Commission’s findings. Yes I am committed to funding associated reforms by supporting legislation that would allow local school boards to have their own taxing authority.
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?
Williams: The State more than likely does not have the resources it needs for transportation projects. I believe the Baltimore area is lacking transit needs and resources.
Do you support the legalization of recreational marijuana?
Williams: I support the use and regulation and taxing 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?
Williams: I would support legislation that protects the bay be a sustainable bay. Have the the industries that are currently dumping pollutants into the bay, to clean up the bay or fine them heavily.
What steps should Maryland take to ensure the broadest possible access to affordable health care?
Williams: I believe in universal health care. I believe it is a fundamental right for the citizens of Maryland.
What role should the state play in helping Baltimore address violent crime?
Williams: The state should play a support role if asked to do so by the city’s administration.
How would you characterize Maryland’s business climate? What can the state do to foster the creation of more family-supporting jobs?
Williams: I would say the climate for business is friendly. I believe that state can help develop more public /private partnerships in business incubators. Promote more small businesses.
Do you support the creation of a non-partisan, independent body to draw legislative and congressional district maps after each census?
Williams: I do support a non partisan independent body to draw the congressional and state legislative districts.
Does the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights adequately balance protections for police and the public? Should it be changed, and if so, how?
Williams: I believe the Law Enforcement Bill of right can and should be more balanced to protect the police and the public. Yes it should be changed. One change, the amount of days should be shorten in order to have a statement or interview of an officer in question, questioned.
What strategy would you adopt to address the opioid addiction and overdose crisis?
Williams: More oversight by the state of the pharmacies that distribute the drugs. Better oversight of the doctors that write the prescriptions. Take a monthly audit of doctors that are writing the prescriptions and amount they are prescribing and to whom they are prescribing to.
What if anything should the state do to address income inequality?
Williams: Raise the min wage to 15 dollars an hour statewide
Do the state’s Public Information Act and open meetings laws adequately ensure Marylanders’ ability to exercise oversight of the government?