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?
Lane: Yes, yes and by demilitarization of the police we can fund this.
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?
Lane: No. Yes we have the money. We could demilitarize the police and fund transit. No, we aren’t adequately served. Why is there only 1 bus line on Greenmount and countless on Charles Street?
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?
Lane: A Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) is a “pollution diet” that identifies the maximum amount of a pollutant a waterway can receive and still meet applicable water quality standards. A TMDL is the sum of wasteload allocations for point sources, load allocations for nonpoint sources, and a margin of safety to account for uncertainty. Point sources include sewage treatment plants, stormwater discharges, industrial discharges, etc. Nonpoint sources include pollutants carried by rainfall runoff from forests, agricultural lands, atmospheric deposition, abandoned land mines, etc. TMDL = Wasteload Allocation + Load Allocation + Margin of Safety The Chesapeake Bay TMDL is unique because of the extensive measures EPA and the jurisdictions adopted to ensure accountability for reducing pollution and meeting target progress dates. The TMDL will be implemented using an accountability framework that guides restoration efforts using four elements. These elements include Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs), two-year milestones, EPA’s tracking and assessment of restoration progress and specific federal actions if jurisdictions do not meet their commitments. This accountability framework helps demonstrate the reasonable assurance provisions of the Bay TMDL pursuant to both the Clean Water Act and Chesapeake Bay Executive Order 13508. However, the accountability framework is not part of the Bay TMDL itself.
What steps should Maryland take to ensure the broadest possible access to affordable health care?
Lane: Universal Single Payer needs to be law
What role should the state play in helping Baltimore address violent crime?
Lane: Fund programs like Ceasefire & No Shoot Zones. Expand Safe streets Universal Basic income Guarantee Put killer cops in cell blocks get rid of the LEOBR.
How would you characterize Maryland’s business climate? What can the state do to foster the creation of more family-supporting jobs?
Lane: Co-ops, basic income guarantee
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?
Lane: Hell no. It definitely should be changed. Police officers who murder people should get locked up. Put killer cops in cell blocks. The Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights gives officers a 10 day chill and don’t have to answer questions regarding crimes they commit period. This is unjust.
What strategy would you adopt to address the opioid addiction and overdose crisis?
Lane: Legalize drugs. Provide wraparound services, resources and communities. Universal Basic Income .
What if anything should the state do to address income inequality?
Lane: Universal Basic Income Guarantee. Tax the banks and the 1%.
Do the state’s Public Information Act and open meetings laws adequately ensure Marylanders’ ability to exercise oversight of the government?
Lane: Not exactly, because the meetings are often announced with not much prior notice.