Candidate Survey: Tim Robinson for Delegate, District 42B
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Why are you running for office?
Healthcare is in chaos both in Maryland and nationally. We need legislators who understand medicine and what it means to take care of a patient.
Equally crucial is the need to make redistricting fair and equitable, and the way to do that is to reelect Governor Larry Hogan. I can best help him by running for Delegate and giving him another conservative voice in Annapolis.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Ronald Reagan did a great job of uniting the country. His combination of leadership, with fiscal responsibility and a conservative heart, is still inspiring 35 years later.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
I have no single favorite political book, but I’m currently reading “The Intimidation Game, How The Left Is Silencing Free Speech” by Kimberly Strassel, and “The Conservative Heart, How To Build A Fairer, Happier, And More Prosperous America” by Arthur Brooks.
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
Working on issues in healthcare as they present themselves.
In terms of new legislation that I believe we can pass, we need to make sure that when and if recreational marijuana is legalized the revenues from taxes are put aside for treatment of addictive behaviors like drugs, alcohol and gambling. Our legislature has a history (remember the tobacco settlement and casino gambling) of promising to use money for certain publicly supported purposes, but instead putting most of the money into general funds to be used as the leadership desires.
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
Education. Over the last 25 years we have seen a progressive loss of local control in the K-12 school system, along with a lack of support for teachers and students. We need to empower our schools and communities to pursue teaching methods, schedules and curricula and work best in each school. We saw the activism of parents and students in Hereford Works, and we need to encourage and support this type of community involvement.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
Healthcare, education and public safety.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
As an anesthesiologist, I never provided anesthesia for termination of pregnancy. One of the major reasons I worked at a Catholic hospital was we did not perform abortions.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
We must hold the line on both taxes and spending. Governor Hogan has pursued openness and transparency in spending, which is the correct approach. Maryland taxpayers deserve a state government that is fiscally responsible.
What is your position on gun rights?
The second amendment is supported by a large majority of Americans. It is second in importance only to the first amendment rights of freedom of speech and religion. As affirmed by the Supreme Court, it provides individuals the right of self defense.
What is your position on education?
Much of the public education system is failing our children. While we have the highest level of high school graduation ever, almost 2/3 of 10th graders failed the math PARCC and over half failed English proficiency.
We need greater transparency in how our education money is spent, with greater control within individual schools, and greater autonomy for the leaders of those schools.
We need to do a better job of supporting our teachers as they work to help our students achieve.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
I believe marijuana is likely to be legalized, and we must be prepared for the negative consequences of legalization, including how to test drivers for impairment.
We must insure that tax revenues from marijuana are put in a “lockbox” to be used only for treatment of addictive behaviors.
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
It makes no sense, and seems to work to the advantage of a relatively small group of supporters.
Legislators can receive $101 per day for lodging and $47 per day for meals during the 90-day General Assembly session. If elected, do you plan to accept these benefits? Why or why not?
I will accept reimbursement only for the actual expenses.
There is a culture of depravity and sexual harassment prevalent in the Maryland General Assembly. As a legislator, how will you work to end this culture of depravity and to ensure that those who commit these acts are removed from the General Assembly?
I will comport myself in a manner which is respectful to all women, as I have always attempted to do. I will discourage inappropriate behavior in others, and discuss it if I see evidence of it.