Red Maryland Pre-Session Survey: Justin Ready
What is your top legislative priority for the 2017 General Assembly Session?
Protecting constitutional freedoms, reducing the tax and regulatory burden on working families and small businesses, defending life, and reducing wasteful spending.
What are some of your other legislative priorities for the 2017 General Assembly Session?
See above, hard to pick one as top one. I’ll also say supporting law enforcement and working to persuade people to join our side on key issues.
What concerns you the most about the 2017 General Assembly Session?
The empire is trying to strike back. I believe the leadership will attempt to pick constant fights with the Governor and try to force his hand on spending and other issues. We have to fight that but also stay on offense.
What are your budget priorities for the 2017 General Assembly Session?
Keep on track with balancing the states budget while pushing to reduce overall tax and regulatory burden. Also want to see continued fairness in how education funds are allocated to jurisdictions suffering with declining enrollments because of growth policies implemented by Gov. O’Malley.
What are your local projects or bills of local interest will you be introducing or supporting during the 2017 General Assembly Session?
Still putting package together but there are some law revisions that remove outdated regulations in our county that I’ll work on along with property tax flexibility for counties to help disabled retired military and first responders.
What are your thoughts on Governor Hogan’s Executive Order regarding starting the school year after Labor Day?
I support it.
What are your thoughts on assisted suicide?
I am opposed to legalizing sister suicide. There is no way to absolutely rule out possible suggestion or coercion entirely.
What are your thoughts on the Highway Scoring Bill?
I fought against it and strongly support Governor Hogan and his commitment to funding roads and bridges that were neglected for eight years.
What did you do on behalf of or in support of Kathy Szeliga’s US Senate campaign?
In addition to GOTV stuff I mentioned above I raised funds for her campaign, helped with sign locations, helped plan strategy, and wrote letters to the editor on her behalf.
What did you do on behalf of or in support of of other Republican candidates or the Republican Party in 2016?
Very active in local school board race providing strategic advice, endorsement, fundraising, and letter to editor. Though non partisan, this ace was one where there was a clear choice in philosophy and we were able to win both seats.
What has been your biggest accomplishment as a legislator in the first two years of this term?
Repeal of the Rain Tax, stopping anti-2nd Amendment legislation in the Senate, and preserving most of Governor Hogan’s budget reduction initiatives.
Will you be running for re-election in 2018? Why or why not?
Yes, I plan to. 2018 will be an immensely important battle for the future of our state. We need dynamic, forceful, and persuasive conservative leaders to keep making progress in Maryland and help reelect Governor Hogan and add seats in the General Assembly. TO do that, we need incumbents that are in “safer” seats who, post primary will not check out but instead be on the front lines. That’s where I will be.