Jobs & Taxes
Western Maryland's future depends on attracting new jobs to the area. Without jobs, we will continue to stagnate. To attract jobs, Government needs to take care of the basics:
- Environment (Hancock Pipeline)
- Healthcare Services
Corporate Tax Cut Deals do not help when the area is stagnating.
Eminent Domain, taking private property for public use, should be used sparingly. Trading off private homes to private developers for commercial use is dangerous, a wasteful use of taxpayer dollars, and a possible source of corruption.
Living Wage Jobs are the goal.
Excellent K-12 School Districts attract new businesses and professionals.
Gifted Programs raise our K-12 school ratings. This not only helps our children, but it makes Western Maryland more attractive to new businesses.
Special Education Programs, like Gifted Programs, raise the rating of our school districts to entice new businesses and professionals here. Currently, there are special needs children without essential services.
Closing Rural School Buildings in small towns and villages is short-sighted. Closing them may give short-term savings, but does long-term damage to the local community.
Fracking Pipeline. My opponent is supporting the high pressure fracked gas pipeline project to pass hundreds of feet west of Hancock, pumping chemicals into the ground and driving the line under the Potomac. Two similar pipelines recently exploded in neighboring West Virginia, the lines are prone to leaking, and laying the lines is very dangerous work. There is no local need for this gas; it is a money maker for certain private interests. I strongly oppose hazardous projects that put our environment and future at risk. The fracking pipeline through our district near Hancock must be stopped.
Losing Healthcare Services, like the recent closure of the pediatrics unit in the WMHS regional hospital in Cumberland, is unacceptable. New employers are drawn to an excellent health care network. I will support improving local health care services, not closing them down.
Sound Infrastructure will attract new jobs to the area. This means our damaged bridges and our leaking sewage system need to be fixed as a priority.
Modern and Efficient Transportation is another key to attracting jobs. I will support projects to rebuild area transportation infrastructure, with an eye toward green technology.