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?
Kaliszak: Not necessarily, i think if we lower the pay of all state elected officials to $30, 000 a year with no lodging or meal expenditures and encourage all county officials on the local county governments to enact similar legislation to make public servants focus more on the citizens they represent instead of building a name or chasing a 4 year guaranteed paycheck cycle we would have loads of money to fund education as well as creating measures that prevent gambling revenue intended for education kept from being directed to general funds.
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?
Kaliszak: We should look into giving Uber the rideshare company incentives to hire more drivers the the state of maryland as well as lower costs for riders who use the service.
Do you support the legalization of recreational marijuana?
Kaliszak: Absolutely, I wish to pioneer the Maryland model. We need to set the pace for our own state and not copy others. Marijuana should be legal It should be available for anyone 18 and older It should be allowed to be grown on private property and agricultural land Both recreational and medicinal are okay It should only legally be sold for profit by a business with a sales and tax license through the State of Maryland and a luxury tax of 10% should be imposed on the sale of every dollar spent on marijuana on top of state sales tax No one should operate a motor vehicle or heavy machinery under the influence of marijuana No one should be fired from their place of employment be it state government or private sector due to the fact they smoke marijuana on their time and at home, i do not defend anyone getting high at the workplace or while working. No one should lose their Second Amendment rights because they use marijuana for medicinal or recreational use
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?
Kaliszak: Foster the growth of more oysters in the bay and when and where possible remove anything hazardous from the bay.
What steps should Maryland take to ensure the broadest possible access to affordable health care?
Kaliszak: Allowing the private sector of health insurance to do what it does best.
What role should the state play in helping Baltimore address violent crime?
Kaliszak: Initiate a $1 home program to create livable housing, doing so will remove safe havens for criminal and gang hideouts (the abandoned buildings) because they are not hiding in their own homes and they don’t commute daily to the city like W2 workers, this also creates housing its a win-win to start. Allowing law abiding citizens to conceal carry should also help deter violent crime because criminals are not looking over their shoulders when they gun down seniors, children, and people making something of themselves if they are willing to kill innocent bystanders other than other criminals then local citizens should be able to defend themselves.
How would you characterize Maryland’s business climate? What can the state do to foster the creation of more family-supporting jobs?
Kaliszak: Eliminate the corporate tax, reduce taxes on Maryland based businesses, create incentives for people creating small businesses in our state.
Do you support the creation of a non-partisan, independent body to draw legislative and congressional district maps after each census?
Kaliszak: Yes, the power of drawing legislative and congressional districts should be given to the State Board of Elections.
Does the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights adequately balance protections for police and the public? Should it be changed, and if so, how?
Kaliszak: As far as i have read i believe it does it just depends if it is followed, that makes all the difference.
What strategy would you adopt to address the opioid addiction and overdose crisis?
Kaliszak: Provide necessary funds from the state and give them to all 24 counties and baltimore city to fund specific fire houses as locations for people to hand in their drugs and receive treatment.
What if anything should the state do to address income inequality?
Do the state’s Public Information Act and open meetings laws adequately ensure Marylanders’ ability to exercise oversight of the government?
Kaliszak: They do only to the degree that the citizens participate in actually exercising their ability to conduct oversight on government functions by going to public meetings, writing letters, making phone calls and on occasion demonstrating in the community when necessary. If none of this is done on the citizens part then their is no oversight only silent consent.