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?
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?
King: Rider preferences show that more spending on road expansion is a higher priority than spending on transit. I think that Gov. Hogans plans are properly addressing this issue.
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?
King: Increased emphasis on eastern shore polluters finding ways to curb the migration of the runoff generated from the chicken and pig industries to prevent it from reaching the Bay. Insuring that water treatment facilities such as Baltimore do not dump million of gallons of untreated water into the Patapsco River every time we have a summer rain storm. Insure that monies earmarked for the Bay are spent on the Bay and not purloined by the Legislature.
What steps should Maryland take to ensure the broadest possible access to affordable health care?
King: Open cross state purchasing of health care policies and get the state out of the healthcare business… period.
What role should the state play in helping Baltimore address violent crime?
King: None. This is a problem that has been created by over 60 years of mismanagement by elected officials. They have the resources to clean this situation up but choose not to. Electing the same officials over and over and expecting a different out come… well that is just the classic definition of insanity. End One Party Rule in Baltimore… get some fresh ideas in the political arena and they will turn the place around in a generation.
How would you characterize Maryland’s business climate? What can the state do to foster the creation of more family-supporting jobs?
King: The business climate in Maryland has been the friendliest it has been in decades. Taxes are being reduced and regulations rolled back under Governor Hogan. The Governors programs need another turn at the wheel to insure that the gains made are not reversed by Democrat thinking
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?
King: Not familiar with the issue
What strategy would you adopt to address the opioid addiction and overdose crisis?
King: Stop making NARCAN readily available. The notion that one can overdose with the assurance that the drug needed to end the episode is readily available leads to the continued abuse of opioids. Stronger enforcement of drug trafficking laws. More treatment opportunities for those who are addicted without penalty by law enforcement. Until we find a way to end the demand the problem will difficult to solve.
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?
King: Yes if the voices doing the oversight were balanced politically.