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?
Day: The Commission made some good findings. Education is the great equalizer. We need to ensure that every child is able to learn and achieve their highest potential in an environment that has all of the basic resources students, teachers and administrators need. I understand the importance of education and I greatly benefited from my public school education. My mother was a public school teacher and I have a child enrolled in public schools. I see the struggle for resources today that were not there in years past. From the state level, we must collaborate and strategize with counties to strengthen every school system in our state.
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?
Day: D16 residents are employed and attend schools located throughout the region and depend on well maintained local roads, 495 and 270 and Metro system. Of major concern is the capacity of these roads to accommodate traffic that will increase with arrival of new businesses in Bethesda and Rockville I will work with the Hogan Administration to improve traffic congestion.
Do you support the legalization of recreational marijuana?
Day: I support common sense legislation on the recreational use of marijuana. Common sense also takes into account public safety. The use of marijuana in public and while driving a vehicle should not be permitted. I would support decriminalization for private and in private 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?
Day: The Chesapeake Bay is a source of pride and economic prosperity for Maryland and its watermen. So many Marylanders’ livelihood depends on the health of the Chesapeake Bay. My wife’s family has made use of its resources for generations by owning and operating the Rod ‘n Reel Restaurant on the Chesapeake Bay in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. I support Gov. Hogan’s funding toward wide-ranging Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts, continuing the commitment to protecting Maryland’s most precious natural asset.
What steps should Maryland take to ensure the broadest possible access to affordable health care?
Day: I support Gov. Hogan’s efforts for a reinsurance program to be administered by the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (MHBE), which is predicted to help stabilize rates for the next several years. We must ensure Marylanders have access to primary healthcare. The health of its citizens is critical to the health and success of Maryland.
What role should the state play in helping Baltimore address violent crime?
Day: The State should support Baltimore’s leaders, local law enforcement and the judicial system to ensure it has the resources to address violent crime in Baltimore..
How would you characterize Maryland’s business climate? What can the state do to foster the creation of more family-supporting jobs?
Day: The State of Maryland has made great strides under the leadership of Gov. Hogan in improving the business climate of Maryland. We need to continue to take a holistic approach to encourage businesses to locate and grow in Maryland. Regulations, infrastructure, transportation, taxes and public education all need to be evaluated to encourage businesses to locate and grow in Maryland.
Do you support the creation of a non-partisan, independent body to draw legislative and congressional district maps after each census?
Day: I agree with 73% of Marylanders that Maryland needs a nonpartisan redistricting process that ensures free and fair elections. As a Delegate I will vote for Gov. Hogan’s proposal for a nonpartisan commission to draw up Congressional and Legislative districts after the 2020 census. When we work together Maryland citizens win.
Does the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights adequately balance protections for police and the public? Should it be changed, and if so, how?
Day: Law enforcement is a dangerous job. My wife’s cousin was shot in the line of duty. Law enforcement, like public officials should be free to perform their jobs without the fear of civil lawsuits. However, no person should be immune, if they violate someone’s civil rights. We must ensure that all law enforcement officers receive the necessary education and training to be able to properly respond to situations they encounter on the street.
What strategy would you adopt to address the opioid addiction and overdose crisis?
Day: Maryland declared a state of emergency in response to the heroin, opioid, and fentanyl crisis soon after Gov. Hogan took office. I support the Opioid Operational Command Center to coordinate state and local agencies, impose a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, limit the amount a health care provider can prescribe, and strengthen laws to impose strict penalties on distributors of fentanyl. We must work with medical practitioners, law enforcement and pharmacists to educate the public on the potential for addiction and abuse. We also need to work to end the stigma of addiction so more people will seek help.
What if anything should the state do to address income inequality?
Day: If what we care about is inequality of opportunity then we need to stop hampering the ability of Marylanders to get ahead. By improving Maryland’s business climate we will increase economic growth and income opportunities for more people. We will encourage new businesses to open and more jobs to be created. By investing in education we will increase the earnings potential of individuals.
Do the state’s Public Information Act and open meetings laws adequately ensure Marylanders’ ability to exercise oversight of the government?
Day: All Marylanders have a right to know what the government is doing in our names and with our tax dollars.