Red Maryland Pre-Session Survey: Susan Krebs
What is your top legislative priority for the 2017 General Assembly Session?
Tax Relief – specifically for all retirees who have seen their retirement income diminished by low interest rates and high healthcare costs.
What are some of your other legislative priorities for the 2017 General Assembly Session?
Redistricting Reform, Pension reform, Welfare reform (eliminating food stamp eligibility for able bodied ), Oversight of occupational boards and their regulatory authority in lieu of Supreme Court NC Dental Decision
What concerns you the most about the 2017 General Assembly Session?
The ongoing efforts of the Democratic leadership to undermine Gov. Hogan’s legislative priorities and take away his authority to govern and their insatiable desire to continue to increase spending.
What are your budget priorities for the 2017 General Assembly Session?
1. reforming mandated spending, putting sunset requirements on any new initiatives.
2. Reforming the State Pension system. Making required pension annual required contributions and starting to eliminate the past underpayments.
3. ensuring that the formulas for K-12 and community colleges reflect the realities in local school districts of the impact of declining student enrollment and “hold harmless” our local jurisdictions
4. Restoration of Highway user revenues.
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What are your local projects or bills of local interest will you be introducing or supporting during the 2017 General Assembly Session?
1. allowing the Maryland Land Preservation Fund flexibility in interpreting requirements.
2. Easing burden on businesses with “change of occupancy” with regard to renovations.
3. Funding for Westminster Boys and Girls Club building renovation
What are your thoughts on Governor Hogan’s Executive Order regarding starting the school year after Labor Day?
After many years of debate and discussion, Governor Hogan implemented the recommendations from the Task Force appointed by Governor O’Malley and requested by the Legislature. The Legislature ignored the recommendation of the task force and Governor Hogan made the decision to follow the recommendation, which was to begin school after Labor Day.
What are your thoughts on assisted suicide?
Opposed. The legislation is flawed. We need to focus our energies on access to palliative care and hospice for our end of life needs.
What are your thoughts on the Highway Scoring Bill?
Opposed . Very poorly thought out public policy. Totally political in nature.
What did you do on behalf of or in support of Kathy Szeliga’s US Senate campaign?
Supported her financially, sent out mass e-mail and went to several fundraisers, had her visit Carroll County a number of times.
Worked the polls on election day.
What did you do on behalf of or in support of of other Republican candidates or the Republican Party in 2016?
Same as above. Working with the House slate to raise money for quality candidates in 2018.
What has been your biggest accomplishment as a legislator in the first two years of this term?
Changing the dialog in Annapolis and working with our new members. We are finally actually talking seriously about how to provide tax relief and improve our business climate to create jobs.
Working with members of the Hogan administration to “Change Maryland” from improving “customer service” in state government, to reforming programs. Unfortunately, defeating bad legislation put in by the other side of the isle is still a problem and I consider it an accomplishment.
Will you be running for re-election in 2018? Why or why not?
Plan to at this point in order to continue the unfinished business of the Hogan administration, particularly redistricting. The ability for the minority party to pick up seats throughout the state will be greatly enhanced with Governor Hogan on the ticket. He is doing an incredible job and the voters in the State acknowledge it. We definitely need four more years to sort out the fiscal mess we were left by O’Malley. Hogan is the man for the job.