Red Maryland Pre-Session Survey: Steve Arentz
What is your top legislative priority for the 2017 General Assembly Session?
One of the top priorities for this session is to find ways combat the major components of Paid Sick leave. This bill can cripple the very people it is trying to assist.
What are some of your other legislative priorities for the 2017 General Assembly Session?
I would like to see Hate Crimes extended to Police and 1st Respondents. This is badly needed and should have passed last year. We have seen this type of legislation in many states.
There is a similar bill being introduced by the Senate under a different name.
I would like to see our Healthcare system reflect what is best for the people. Rural Counties are at a distinct disadvantage.
I am concerned about our use of wind and solar and the impact it has on our rural counties.
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I would also like to see a statewide bullying system for our schools.
What concerns you the most about the 2017 General Assembly Session?
I would like to see fewer bills and more of what we have enforced. I know it would be difficult, but I would like to remove some of the Partisanship and allow for what is best for the people of Maryland.
What are your budget priorities for the 2017 General Assembly Session?
I am hoping that we can start to see that spending has it consequences. We have so many fees and mandates that continually pile up on the taxpayer. If you review the budget we tend to confuse ourselves that the Fee Payer and the tax payer are somehow a different person. Particularly, hard to do when the fee payer is a business that just passes it over to the consumer. I applaud Governor Hogan for trying to reign in spending.
What are your local projects or bills of local interest will you be introducing or supporting during the 2017 General Assembly Session?
We work together very well as a delegation on all the issues. Healthcare service is a major concern, how we handle it in the Rural Counties. We are continually looking for Economic Development. A resolve to the Bay Bridge in Queen Anne’s county would go a long way to helping us. Fees and tolls to access our district are crippling to residents and business. District issues are comprised of helping the Counties get back some of the Highway user dollars that were taken away by the previous administration. Zoning and land use are a concern too. We represent a part of rural Maryland, infrastructure is a concern for us. We work well with our Counties on their priorities.
What are your thoughts on Governor Hogan’s Executive Order regarding starting the school year after Labor Day?
Living on the Eastern shore, it could spark additional dollars from tourism.
What are your thoughts on assisted suicide?
This is a very tough question and I will be looking hard at all aspects of this type of bill. The good and the bad. All bills have consequences, some intended and some unintended. I have those that support along with those that don’t, then I have my personal experiences to consider. I do believe that those working on this bill have the best intentions in the results. At this writing I am still concerned.
What are your thoughts on the Highway Scoring Bill?
This is one of the worst bills I have every seen. Part of what is wrong in Annapolis.
What did you do on behalf of or in support of Kathy Szeliga’s US Senate campaign?
Attended events and put up signs. Supported her in my district and beyond. Sorry she didn’t win. Hard worker and has common sense.
What did you do on behalf of or in support of of other Republican candidates or the Republican Party in 2016?
Attended events and publicly supported our candidates
What has been your biggest accomplishment as a legislator in the first two years of this term?
Fought to keep wind and solar from taking our farms in Kent County, worked to get funding for finishing the widening of Rt 404 in Queen Anne’s and Caroline Counties. Worked with the Ports and Cecil County to resolve a major water issue in Cecil County, caused by dredging. Helping to bring better healthcare to our District, Fighting for keeping the Hospital in Kent along with working to provide better service to the only two Counties in the State without a Hospital, Queen Anne’s and Caroline. As a past County Commissioner and Local business owner, I have brought a perspective to the House supporting legislation with experience and knowledge. Likewise, I have fought bad legislation.
Will you be running for re-election in 2018? Why or why not?
Yes I will be running. I feel I bring a lot to the table for my district. Business owner, property owner, and a family. I work to make my District a better place. I have the perspective from being a County Commissioner which helps in understanding the needs of our Counties, which I share in Queen Anne’s, Kent, Caroline and Cecil.