Candidate Survey: Mike McKay for Delegate, District 1C
Office Sought and District
The Citadel, University of Maryland (Note; I an not graduate)
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Small Business Owner
Allegany County President of Board of Commissioners 2011-2014
Maryland House of Delegates 2015-2018
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Why are you running for office?
I am running for office to continue my pro-business, pro-jobs message of financial responsibility, fiscal and budgetary restraint, and support for smaller and less intrusive government in Annapolis. I will continue to advance and support proposals aimed at producing results in areas like education, health care, innovation and job growth. My solutions are based on the effective principles of self-reliance, faith in the individual, trust in the family and accountability in government. My goal – to ensure every Maryland resident has a fair shot at earning their success and achieving their dreams.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
President Ronald Reagan – communication skills and positive proactive drive
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
An American Life Ronald Reagan – This is his autobiography, in his words.
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
There are many things that legislator in Annapolis will address in the next term – including whether to make the entire state of Maryland a sanctuary state, whether to hold the line on tax hikes or return to old tax-and-spend ways, and whether to go further in violating our Second Amendment rights. There is no question how I’ll vote on these issues. I’ll vote how I always have – the common-sense, conservative way.
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
Economic Development – keeping mindful that our land and our traditions matter when making policy to expand the tax base through growth.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
Taxes (Holding the line), Education (Kirwan Commission Report) implementation plan vs. cost of plan, Transportation (Highway User Funds restored without a sunset of four years) Health Care – fall out from Obama Care. These devastating effects on Maryland are demonstrated in the sky rocking premiums. Maryland passed two bills creating a reinsurance program and a replacement for the mandate surging the Maryland version of Obama Care will survive. I voted and debated against both bills. Full repeal is a full repeal.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
I am prolife elected official who has been endorsed by Maryland Right to Life and have co-sponsored bill against partial birth abortion and unborn child protection from dismemberment abortion. I am against taxpayer funded abortion and every year in the Maryland Legislature support amendments striking taxpayer funded abortion from our budget. I am also against assisted suicide.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Government can live within its means as demonstrated by Allegany County Government under our direction when I was President of the Commission (2010-2014). Allegany County has still reduced the personal property by 1/10 of a percent in years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. My philosophy is simple ‘live within your means” government can not be everything to everybody.
What is your position on gun rights?
I fully support the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Maryland’s restrictive state legislation should be improved to benefit law abiding gun owners and sportsmen in Maryland.
What is your position on education?
The Maryland State Constitution clearly states that MD will provide a free public school system. Funding of our K-12 should be practical and affordable. Passing mandated school policies should never be approved unless some form of funding is established.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
They are antiquated and will be reformed in the upcoming session when the session does not have a election year flavor.
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?
Yes I do plan to accept these benefits. As a husband, a father of eight and a small business owner, our family can not afford to accept the benefits. Each legislator is at different levels on the economic latter and come from different parts of the state. Some can afford not to receive from this benefit and some can not. I am glad they are offered because without them, it would make the 2 1/2 hour trip from Cumberland to Annapolis daily, fiscally unmanageable.
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?
In the 2018 Session, I was a co-sponsor of HB1342 – Prohibited Conduct for State Officials. This bill establishes a specific prohibition against unlawful harassment or discrimination based on any characteristic protected by law by a State official (other than a State official of the Legislative or Judicial Branch who are covered by other provisions) against: an official or employee; an intern, a page, or a fellow in any branch of State government; an individual regulated lobbyist; or a credentialed member of the press.
The bill also prohibits an officer or unit of State government from using any part of an appropriation to settle a claim of unlawful harassment or discrimination, based on any characteristic protected by law, that is filed against an official or employee of State government in the individual’s personal capacity.
I am proud that this law was signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan and encourage all levels of government to pass similar legislation because sexual harassment has no place in our form of democracy.