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?
Rosapepe: Yes, particularly on enhancing career and technical education, early college high school, and pre-K. Increased funding should come from funds already set aside , and progressive taxation, and should be tied to advancement of specific improvements.
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?
Rosapepe: No, no, and no. The state should expand public/private partnerships and other investments to expand transit and repair roads.
Do you support the legalization of recreational marijuana?
Rosapepe: Depends on the specifics.
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?
Rosapepe: Backfill Trump’s regulatory and investment rollbacks.
What steps should Maryland take to ensure the broadest possible access to affordable health care?
Rosapepe: Medicare for all should be the goal. Short of that, protecting the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and Medicare for seniors.
What role should the state play in helping Baltimore address violent crime?
Rosapepe: Anti-gun violence, anti-gang, and anti-repeat offender laws and state investment to get dangerous people out of the neighborhoods. Investment in apprenticeships to help at risk young people get on paths to legal and family-supporting careers.
How would you characterize Maryland’s business climate? What can the state do to foster the creation of more family-supporting jobs?
Rosapepe: The state could do better in transit, public safety, and education and training – all keys to growing the economy. To grow family-supporting jobs, the state should raise the minimum wage, expand union membership, and invest in apprenticeships.
Do you support the creation of a non-partisan, independent body to draw legislative and congressional district maps after each census?
Rosapepe: Yes, if done regionally or nationally.
Does the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights adequately balance protections for police and the public? Should it be changed, and if so, how?
What strategy would you adopt to address the opioid addiction and overdose crisis?
Rosapepe: Investment in health care.
What if anything should the state do to address income inequality?
Rosapepe: Progressive taxation, antitrust enforcement, strong labor laws, expansion of pensions and retirement savings, and investment in apprenticeships.
Do the state’s Public Information Act and open meetings laws adequately ensure Marylanders’ ability to exercise oversight of the government?
Rosapepe: As well as it can. Citizen oversight is about much more than open meetings laws.