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?
Puzon: I am suportive of Education Reform in Prince George’s County and the State. Our children need a new education system that prepares them better for a complex world. The current system is broken and corrupt in Prince George’s County.
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?
Puzon: The State has the resources if properly planned and executed to improve our transit systems. More and improved mass transits systems are needed. In Prince George’s county we need the purple line, improved roads, improved bus systems and improved mass transits networks. Our current systems are not adequate to meet the growth and needs of the population.
Do you support the legalization of recreational marijuana?
Puzon: I do not 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?
Puzon: We should take all steps necessary to protect the Cheasapeake Bay resources including mandates on any illegal dumbing and runoffs.
What steps should Maryland take to ensure the broadest possible access to affordable health care?
Puzon: We can redo affordable health care for our citizens by not taxing more but through smart programs for health care: more urgent care centers, increase healty eating and diets, increase proper recreation. Develop a heath plan that is scable to the individual need and not mandate.
What role should the state play in helping Baltimore address violent crime?
Puzon: More mental health programs in schools, and health centers. Programs to address mental health in prisons and after release to address the issues. More mental health available through hospitals, urgent care centers, and churches.
How would you characterize Maryland’s business climate? What can the state do to foster the creation of more family-supporting jobs?
Puzon: Economics climate is improving with less taxes on small businesses. Small businesses are the economic engine for total economic improvement. Less regulations and less taxes will help support creation of jobs, and good paying jobs.
Do you support the creation of a non-partisan, independent body to draw legislative and congressional district maps after each census?
Puzon: We must change the legislative districts to better fit the voters! A partial non-paritisian body may assist, but it must change to fit the voters and citizens. An independent body would help.
Does the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights adequately balance protections for police and the public? Should it be changed, and if so, how?
Puzon: We must protect the police and we must protect the citizens - the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights is a start but must be reviewed constantly to ensure all parties are equally protected.
What strategy would you adopt to address the opioid addiction and overdose crisis?
Puzon: I would support establishing a active and powerful commission to work with community, families, Doctors, hospitals, and companies to address the addiction. Addiction is a mental health and physical health issue. We need to start with an action to curb the availability of addictive drugs. This can be done through a commission that has the power to impose restrictions and provide the resource to provide the care for the addition.
What if anything should the state do to address income inequality?
Puzon: If we provide less regulations and less taxes on small businesses - they will grow and they will hire employees and provide more jobs. If we change the education systems that are failing our children - give them proper education that gives them proper tools in a complex world - they will be competitive.
Do the state’s Public Information Act and open meetings laws adequately ensure Marylanders’ ability to exercise oversight of the government?
Puzon: No. The local and state government has not been transparent and truthful. Look at the growing number of corruption cases in our state. In the last 4 years there have been at least 4 cases of corruption in our local governments. Only through exposure by media has this been brought out.