Issues of Importance
As your State Delegate, I have focused my attention on job creation, land rights and protection for our farmers and watermen.
I am a fiscal conservative. I believe in hard work, less government, living within your means and adherence to our Constitution. I have a proven record of cutting taxes, private sector job creation and bettering our communities on the Eastern Shore both as your State Delegate and as the Mayor of Rock Hall.
Conowingo Dam – A very significant amount of pollution and debris in the Chesapeake Bay comes from New York and Pennsylvania via the Susquehanna River. The Conowingo dam needs to be dredged in order for that pollution to be reduced. The managers of the Conowingo Dam need to do a better job of removing debris from the Dam before the debris comes through and becomes hazardous in the Chesapeake Bay. I am and will continue to be an environmental steward of our lands and waterways. I support environmental legislation that is cost efficient, quantifiable and measurable.
Raw Sewage overflow – I have been and continue to be a strong voice in my committee as well as with the administration and the Maryland Department of the Environment of the seemingly constant problem of raw sewage overflows from mainly Baltimore City. There needs to be a better effort in upgrading the ancient infrastructure in Baltimore City so that surrounding areas are not being effected by the pollution of this continuous problem.
Healthcare – No parent should have to choose between paying for health care and paying the mortgage. Middle class families and small business owners are being hit the hardest. We must bring competition to the market place to drive prices down. I support a state system that creates competition in the market place as a way to bring down the price of healthcare. I am very concerned with the change of benefits and the eliminating of drug coverage for Medicare-eligible retirees. I believe that the plan agreed to at retirement should be honored by the state and I will do what I can to advocate for that.
The opioid epidemic In Maryland and across the United States is a priority. I will continue to work with the administration, law enforcement, and my colleagues to find new and innovative methods for combating the crisis and will continue to work to expand efforts in rehabilitation for those effected by the disease