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?
Ward: Yes I support the findings of the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education. I’m also committed to funding associated reforms. How I would fund the reform is with the MGM Casino funds instead of the the money going into a general fund would like to see it put in a sat aside education fund.
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?
Ward: The state have adequate money to meet the transportation needs because that is why we pay taxes. More people are using alternative methods to get to and from work and recreational activities to save money they use bicycles, zip cars, ulber and lyft.
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?
Ward: We need to continue to educate the residents of Maryland on how to keep the resources in the the Chesapeake growing. People in this area love Crabs so if there is a shortage people are upset if communication is provided then the citizen can help protect the Chesapeake Bay.
What steps should Maryland take to ensure the broadest possible access to affordable health care?
Ward: In third world country every citizen have health care. We should have one billable rate insurance that is affordable to all.
What role should the state play in helping Baltimore address violent crime?
Ward: Violent crimes should have tougher consequences to help deter people from committing certain crimes. Need to offer more counseling during the person youth to help them learn how to deal with anger. A lot of problem are unaddressed and they are carried over into adulthood.
How would you characterize Maryland’s business climate? What can the state do to foster the creation of more family-supporting jobs?
Ward: We need to do better in attracting companies like Amazon and organizations like the FBI because it will create more jobs and opportunities for our residents. People graduating from college are very disappointed with the job and career opportunities because the baby boomers are staying on the jobs longer. Also , places like Safeway, home depot, shoppers, target and McDonald’s are going to self checkout which that option is a job eliminator because you don’t need a cashier.
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?
Ward: I would say no because it is intended to protect the law enforcement officer from investigation and prosecution arriving from their conduct during official performances of their duties, and provides them with privileges based on the due process additional to those normally provided to to other citizens. We need to change it so that if the officer is wrong he can be disciplined and or removed if they are a bad officer.
What strategy would you adopt to address the opioid addiction and overdose crisis?
Ward: Educate the children in our public schools the affects of the drugs. Have treatment and rehabilitation facilities. We also need to hold the drug dealers accountable for pushing these drugs in our communities.
What if anything should the state do to address income inequality?
Ward: For large corporation with employees over 50 should have to pay a livable wages. The small companies can not afford to pay the $15 because then they will have to mark up their products or services to cover the high wages.
Do the state’s Public Information Act and open meetings laws adequately ensure Marylanders’ ability to exercise oversight of the government?
Ward: It is a good way for them to be included and in the know about what is happening in their communities.