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?
MacDonald: I support increased funding for education across the board. I also would like to see our teachers pay increased so that we are competitive nationally. I would also propose introducing legislation to increase the State’s contribution to teachers retirement as well as exempting teacher’s pensions from Income Tax.
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?
MacDonald: I believe that Baltimore needs to invest in the repair - and maintenance of - its existing roads and bridges. We need to fix what we have - including buses and light rail - before we commitment to the development of additional modes of public transportation.
Do you support the legalization of recreational marijuana?
MacDonald: No. I have seen the devastation of drugs and do not take Marijuana usage lightly. I believe today’s drugs are harsher and more powerful. As a result states that have legalized marijuana use age have realized an increase in the cases of those who drive while impaired. I also think that any form of legalization will make drugs more easily accessible to minors.
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?
MacDonald: I am self funding my campaign so that I won’t need to listen to special interests that want harmful development. The state needs to take a roll in protecting its natural environment by limiting development to avoid harm to the Bay.
What steps should Maryland take to ensure the broadest possible access to affordable health care?
MacDonald: Free market solutions that empower citizens to select the health care they want. I would also add that veterans should be given access to the healthcare facility of their choosing. It is my goal to increase access and availability of healthcare for all. I will also work to increase the availability of generic drugs as well as having them covered by health plans.
What role should the state play in helping Baltimore address violent crime?
MacDonald: More and better paid law enforcement officers. Create less demand for illegal drugs by increasing funding for treatment , as well as funding for drug prevention programs. Stiffer sentences for opioid drug dealers of but also go after the doctors who are writing bogus prescriptions and pill mills. Ultimately, I would suggest suing Big Pharma and making them not only pay for the mess that they have helped to create but also for the aforementioned programs for treatment and drug prevention. Additionally, I would prevent measures aimed at making Md a Sanctuary State, which leads to more undocumented criminals relocating here.
How would you characterize Maryland’s business climate? What can the state do to foster the creation of more family-supporting jobs?
MacDonald: Encourage others to do what I did and purchase a failing business and turn it around so that it creates more jobs and tax revenue. Follow Governor Hogans plans that “Maryland is open for business.” Reduce red-tape and useless regulations that prevent businesses like mine from being even more successful and let them grow.
Do you support the creation of a non-partisan, independent body to draw legislative and congressional district maps after each census?
MacDonald: Yes, we need to take this out of the hands of partisan politicians.
Does the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights adequately balance protections for police and the public? Should it be changed, and if so, how?
What strategy would you adopt to address the opioid addiction and overdose crisis?
MacDonald: I support the efforts of local governments as well as states in their legal pursuit of Big Pharma. Much like the tobacco suits of the past - successful - these funds should be directed to not only prevention programs (at a young age) but should also provide more access to treatment for those who suffer from addiction.
What if anything should the state do to address income inequality?
MacDonald: Income Equality is best dealt with by making Maryland a destination for business. As of now too many job creators are either fleeing the State or not coming here at all. We must reduce regulations, offer incentives to all businesses in the form of tax reductions and not just to the chosen few such as the most recent tax package that was offered to Amazon. Encourage others to do what I did and purchase a failing business and turn it around so that it creates more jobs and tax revenue. Follow Governor Hogans plans that “Maryland is open for business.” But make it open for ALL business.
Do the state’s Public Information Act and open meetings laws adequately ensure Marylanders’ ability to exercise oversight of the government?
MacDonald: No. All Committee hearings as well as the proceedings of the Legislature should be available for viewing. I also believe that any legislature - either past or present - who has been accused of sexual harassment should have their names revealed as well as the nature of any settlement - be it financial or disciplinary.