Red Maryland Pre-Session Survey: Mary Beth Carozza

What is your top legislative priority for the 2018 General Assembly Session?
Job growth bills/More Jobs For Marylanders 2.0

What are some of your other legislative priorities for the 2018 General Assembly Session?
Crime and Public Safety bills including any legislation impacting the heroin-opioid epidemic

What concerns you the most about the 2018 General Assembly Session?
Push for mandated spending bills, collective bargaining at community colleges, current paid sick leave bill, and reintroduction of sanctuary state bill

What are your budget priorities for the 2018 General Assembly Session?
Fair funding for the Shore

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What are your local projects or bills of local interest will you be introducing or supporting during the 2018 General Assembly Session?
Still being developed with local elected officials

What are your thoughts on Governor Hogan’s paid sick leave proposal?
Would prefer to leave up to employers but given current paid sick leave bill which I strongly opposed and current effort to sustain Governor Hogan’s veto, I am supporting Governor Hogan’s paid sick leave proposal.

What did you do on behalf of or in support of Republican candidates or the Republican Party in 2017?
Active member of the Republican Women of Worcester County and regularly attend GOP meetings and financial support to GOP organizations in Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties. Financial support to Maryland GOP, Republican federal and state candidates including Congressman Andy Harris, Governor Larry Hogan, and Republican colleagues in the Maryland General Assembly.

What has been your biggest accomplishment as a legislator in the first three years of this term?
Playing a key role on the House Appropriations Committee and a strong partner to Governor Hogan in supporting and passing a structurally-balanced, fiscally-responsible budget with no new taxes three years in a row. I have used my position to hold the line on spending, opposed mandated spending bills, and protect Maryland’s reserves and rainy day fund.

As far as individual bills, I have introduced and passed targeted bills that have been signed into law including increased procurement opportunities for veteran-owned businesses, a Worcester County economic development/distillery license bill, a false bomb threat prosecution bill, and legislation to increase the penalties for homicide by a motor vehicle while impaired by a Controlled Dangerous Substance. (All these targeted bills included strong support and testimony from my constituents.)

If you are running for re-election or for another office, why should your constituents continue to support you?
After knocking on over 5,000 doors in the 2014 campaign, I understand and have focused the past three years on the priorities of my constituents. My constituent work and my voting record support these priorities including a limited, responsive government; fiscally-responsible budgets and policies; job growth and economic development initiatives; and safe schools and neighborhoods.

Growing up in a small business working family, I understand the challenges in our local communities including the need to grow job opportunities so our young people not only receive a quality, career-ready education but can secure productive jobs and raise their families here on the Shore. With small business as the backbone of our economy, I have received an All-Star rating from the Maryland Retailers Association and have a 100 percent pro-small business rating from the Maryland Business of Responsive Government.

With voters from Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties urging me to run for the State Senate, I am uplifted by the strong support from small business, farm families, the fishing industry, seniors, health providers, veterans, public safety officials, and students, educators, and other school personnel across District 38. As a State Senator, I would be in a stronger position to do more for my constituents and be a stronger partner to Governor Larry Hogan to make lasting change in Maryland.

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