How do you assess the Trump administration so far?
Wilson: I am saddened by administration choices that undermine the fabric of equality, human dignity and justice.
Do you support or oppose the federal tax cuts passed in 2017? What effect do you believe they will have on the economy?
Wilson: I oppose the federal tax cuts. Many higher-wage earners and businesses will benefit, but many individuals and low-wage earners will suffer. It is essential to create a fiscal budget that protects and supports health and social programs that support Americans with creating gaps to increase poverty and despair.
Is the level of national debt a concern? What, if anything, should be done to reduce it or constrain its increase?
Wilson: Yes, national debt is a concern. Rejecting budget plans to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would prevent a debt increase.
Is the level of economic inequality in the United States a problem, and if so, what should the federal government do to address it?
Wilson: Economic inequality is as old as our congressional leadership structure. Elected leaders must continually seek solutions to eliminate economic disparities in middle-class and low-income communities. By providing flexible financing terms and transparent access to business ownership and revitalizing communities of despair, more citizens will have opportunities to create generational wealth.
Should federal gun laws be changed, and if so, how?
Wilson: Yes, federal gun laws must change. We must continually engage in conversations with leaders and citizens to create laws that protect lives. Until we close the loopholes with federal laws, the cycle of violence will continue. As leaders, we must focus on preserving innocent lives instead of financial gain and acceptability.
What should Congress do with respect to the Affordable Care Act? Should it be strengthened, and if so, how? Should it be scrapped? If so, what if anything should replace it?
Wilson: Congress should continue to strengthen the Affordable Care Act. A universal healthcare system would benefit Americans. All citizens should have access to equal and quality care.
What role should the federal government play in helping cities like Baltimore?
Wilson: Baltimore like other cities should receive support to help citizens thrive. Disparity gaps must be closed to prevent unemployment, food insecurity and hopelessness.
What can Congress do to address the opioid epidemic?
Wilson: The opioid epidemic must be addressed within communities. Increased support through education and mental health professionals will combat addiction. Moreover, public health community centers are key components to helping relieve the crisis.
What changes if any should Congress make to our immigration and deportation laws and policies?
Wilson: Dreamers are Americans! This country was built on the backs of men and women who worked for low wages to help their children live better lives. Deportation and family division is not the answer. Congress must continue to create laws to protect Dreamers and families.
Should the United States continue with the free trade policies it pursued for the last several decades, or should it enact restrictions in an attempt to help domestic industries?
Wilson: Revised free trade polices that help domestic industries help create a win-win trade deals.
Do you support the Iran nuclear deal?
Wilson: I support a deal that limits nuclear programs.
How should the United States address the rise of North Korea’s nuclear program?