Red Maryland Post-Session Survey: Justin Ready
What is your top legislative achievement for the 2017 General Assembly Session?
Stopping the Sanctuary State (Trust) Act and defeating anti-2nd Amendment bills.
What are some of your other legislative achievements for the 2017 General Assembly Session?
Passing a bill to provide equity in grant funding for small community colleges (like mine) who were getting less than other, smaller, community colleges because of politics from years ago.
What is your top legislative disappointment for the 2017 General Assembly Session?
Resolution empowering Attorney General Brian Frosh to sue the Trump administration with no check and balance from Governor or General Assembly was very troubling. Mandatory Paid Leave was also a really bad bill.
We asked before Session about your top legislative priorities for 2017. How do you feel about your efforts to achieve those priorities?
I know that I worked tirelessly and feel like our Republican caucus and my delegation in Carroll County punched above our weight. Still. We need more Republican Senators and Delegates which is a top priority for me in the next election.
Please explain your vote on House Bill 631.
I voted against this bill. While I find some of the characters and companies who’ve engaged in price gouging reprehensible, this bill mandates the level that prices can rise for generic drugs – essentially government setting the cost rather than the market. While there can be arguments made that the drug market is not a completely “free” market – the generics have to be able to raise their prices from time to time to be competitive. History tells us that government should stay out of wage and price controls.
Will you be running for re-election in 2018? Why or why not?
I plan to, yes. There is a lot of unfinished business in Annapolis. We have made strides in changing the state but Governor Hogan and General Assembly Republicans face a Democratic Party and activist base that will treat 2018 like Armageddon. We need strong, persuasive, conservative leaders on the ballot at every level working together so that we can return to Annapolis in greater numbers to reduce taxes, reduce spending, and get movement on stalled issues like restoring constitutional rights fully.