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?
Bravo: Yes – I’m excited to see the proposals to assure Maryland’s reputation for top-notch education. I applaud the vote to fix the fund and I know grants are being applied for to support the commission’s goals.
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?
Bravo: The current plans are not balanced – they focus more on toll roads than mass transit. Governor Hogan would like to roll back the gas tax, but then charge tolls to use the road. I would keep the current tax before I would consider tolls. The Baltimore region like many areas of Maryland is not adequately served by transit.
Do you support the legalization of recreational marijuana?
Bravo: Other states that have legalized marijuana have benefitted from the influx of tax revenues and tourism. Legalization allows us to control how marijuana is produced and distributed – and to tax it as we do alcohol and tobacco. We should also restrict its use in public, and impose penalties for sales to minors. Let’s address the concerns of parents, educators, and public safety experts, and learn from the experience of other states.
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?
Bravo: Saving the Bay is vital to Maryland’s ecology and economy, and involves cooperation from the upstream community in MD, VA, WV, PA and DC. We especially need to do more to control agricultural and municipal runoff.
What steps should Maryland take to ensure the broadest possible access to affordable health care?
Bravo: We need to look at expanding Medicaid for all to ensure that more people who need care can get it. We’ll save money in the long run from having to pay for emergency services that would be eliminated with preventative care. Having a populace of insured residents will attract medical professionals – my district currently was given a grade of “D” for access to health care due to a shortage of medical professionals and because many health care organizations limit the type of insurance they will accept.
What role should the state play in helping Baltimore address violent crime?
Bravo: Baltimore is an important part of Maryland. I will ask Baltimore area elected officials to inform me about how and if the state can help address violent crime.
How would you characterize Maryland’s business climate? What can the state do to foster the creation of more family-supporting jobs?
Bravo: Our business climate can be improved. We have so much to bring businesses here – great schools, natural beauty, an innovative and educated populace – but we do need to provide more transit. Family-supporting jobs should translate to parents spending more time at home. We need businesses closer to the small towns we cherish and transportation choices for residents.
Do you support the creation of a non-partisan, independent body to draw legislative and congressional district maps after each census?
Bravo: Yes, but it needs to address problem of gerrymandering on a national basis.
Does the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights adequately balance protections for police and the public? Should it be changed, and if so, how?
Bravo: The Cato Institute opined that the LEOBR currently infringes on investigations. I would like to know more, as I believe transparency is imperative.
What strategy would you adopt to address the opioid addiction and overdose crisis?
Bravo: We need to ensure that addicts seek– and have access to treatment and rehabilitation. A public education campaign could help remove the stigma of addiction and would encourage more to seek help. We also need to ensure that rehabilitation facilities employ best practices and get results. I am currently researching the pros and cons of innovative approaches by around the country and seeking input as to which methods work best.
What if anything should the state do to address income inequality?
Bravo: Maryland residents should earn a liveable wage – pay that provides at least enough income for workers to afford shelter, food and health care.
Do the state’s Public Information Act and open meetings laws adequately ensure Marylanders’ ability to exercise oversight of the government?
Bravo: The information is there, but many people don’t know how to access it. I would consider it part of my job to keep my residents informed and reach out to them. I need to learn from them the most effective way to communicate with them.