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?
Kelley: Yes, and dedicate casino gambling revenues for universal pre-k, for trauma-informed social services and for college and/or job readiness.
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?
Kelley: No, the general workforce and the environment would benefite from more mass transit.
Do you support the legalization of recreational marijuana?
Kelley: Yes, regulate it like alcohol.
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?
Kelley: Corporations contracting with Maryland farmers should be liable for harmful run-off into the Bay.
What steps should Maryland take to ensure the broadest possible access to affordable health care?
Kelley: Expedite the “Individual and Group Health Insurance Market Stability Study” overseen by the Maryland Health Insurance Protection Commission.
What role should the state play in helping Baltimore address violent crime?
Kelley: More front-end services for youth, real community schools with scouting, mentors, social services, sports programs and college or job readiness.
How would you characterize Maryland’s business climate? What can the state do to foster the creation of more family-supporting jobs?
Kelley: Insufficiently engaged with low-income communities, should have pre-school child care services, and community college courses on site.
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?
Kelley: No; there needs to be greater transparency and balanced due-process.
What strategy would you adopt to address the opioid addiction and overdose crisis?
Kelley: Public health curriculum in grades 3-12.
What if anything should the state do to address income inequality?
Kelley: Tax credits for employer-based tuition assistance and employee investment programs.
Do the state’s Public Information Act and open meetings laws adequately ensure Marylanders’ ability to exercise oversight of the government?
Kelley: On-line streaming of General Assembly Committee voting sessions and Board of Public Works meetings.