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?
Jacobs: Yes, I support the findings and I am committed to providing the funding necessary to complete the proposed reforms to ensure that every student and child in Maryland has access to innovative and excellent education that prepares our children to successfully enter the working-class economy.
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?
Jacobs: Maryland’s transportation spending needs to be more focused on state highways and county roads. I support Gov. Hogan’s infrastructure budget that included an unprecedented $2 billion in transportation funding, which allowed the state to move forward on 84 top priority road projects. I also support the implementation of Smart Signals that creates more efficient and less congested roadways in Maryland.
Do you support the legalization of recreational marijuana?
Jacobs: Yes, the decriminalization and future legalization of recreational Marijuana is necessary to alleviate overcrowded prisons, reduce the amount of taxpayer dollars spent fighting non-violent marijuana related crimes, and to properly reflect the view of the state’s constituents.
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?
Jacobs: I support Gov. Hogans decision to provide the highest level of funding for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, and to not allow funding for the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay to be diverted into the General Fund. These actions must be protected and enhanced in the future.
What steps should Maryland take to ensure the broadest possible access to affordable health care?
Jacobs: I support Gov. Hogans expansion of the State’s All Payer Healthcare Model that allows Maryland to rank among the highest state’s in the country when it comes to healthcare coverage.
What role should the state play in helping Baltimore address violent crime?
Jacobs: I support Gov. Hogan’s decision to launch Project C.O.R.E., a $700 million initiative to address blight in Baltimore City.
How would you characterize Maryland’s business climate? What can the state do to foster the creation of more family-supporting jobs?
Jacobs: Maryland’s business climate is mediocre at best. The state government as well as local governments must foster small business development in the form of deregulation to reduce the economic barriers to enter Maryland’s business environment. I wholly support the actions of Gov. Hogan in implementing the recommended regulatory reforms by the Regulatory Reform Commission’s.
Do you support the creation of a non-partisan, independent body to draw legislative and congressional district maps after each census?
Jacobs: Yes, I support Governor Hogan’s proposed Non-partisan Redistricting Commission to ensure representation is fair, nonpartisan and accurate when drawing legislative and congressional 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?
Jacobs: No, I believe that LEOBR needs to be reformed, reviewed at the very least, to ensure transparency and fairness when it comes to the investigation of crimes committed by Police Officers and the scope of their rights compared to those of the public.
What strategy would you adopt to address the opioid addiction and overdose crisis?
Jacobs: I support Gov. Hogan’s Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force to address the opioid addiction and overdose crisis.
What if anything should the state do to address income inequality?
Jacobs: The state should continue to address income inequality by fostering small business development and job growth that creates a more accessible economy.
Do the state’s Public Information Act and open meetings laws adequately ensure Marylanders’ ability to exercise oversight of the government?