Protecting Our Veterans - A big priority of mine is ensuring that every single veteran in Maryland receives the healthcare they deserve. Unfortunately, the federal government has let our veterans down by reducing funds for their healthcare. As a member of the House of Delegates, I will fight to ensure that funding is included in the budget to make sure that all veterans receive proper medical care. I will also with the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs to make Maryland an attractive place for U.S. veterans to live. Veterans have risked their lives to protect this great nation, and it is time for us to make sure that they are treated with the upmost respect.
Jobs in Our Community - It's no secret that our community suffered greatly with the collapse of the U.S. steel industry. Much progress made in made in the area with the addition of Tradepoint Atlantic and the revitalization of areas like Merritt Boulevard, but we must do better. We must be able to work with unions in our area to make sure that the jobs being created are good paying jobs, and that unemployed residents in Southeast Baltimore County have much higher access to these jobs.
Protecting Seniors - As a young woman, I've come to realize that we can learn a lot by listening to our elders. Our elders are full of knowledge, and we must do whatever we can to protect them. Unfortunately, seniors have become more susceptible to things like phone and internet scams. We must increase penalties for those who scam seniors. Also, Maryland has taken great steps to reduce the costs of prescription medication. A large population of seniors rely on social security payments alone, so we must continue the fight to lower the costs of medicine they need.
Slashing Taxes - The General Assembly has passed four consecutive budgets without a single tax increase. This streak must continue. However, we have to do more to put hard earned money back in the pockets of Maryland taxpayers. With the passage of federal tax reform late in 2017, it was determined that 9% of Marylanders would see an increase in their taxes. The General Assembly took action to give $100 million back to Marylanders, but we must do more in coming years to cut taxes for hard-working families.
Cracking Down on Crime - Being so close to Baltimore City, crime has unfortunately increased in our area. We must do more to crack down on crime, PERIOD. This includes tougher sentences for repeat violent offenders and convicted drug dealers. We must also make sure that we are properly investing in our local law enforcement, so that they have the tools necessary to protect our community.
Apprenticeships and Job Training - As a young person, it breaks my heart to see fellow classmates who wanted to join the workforce right out of high school struggle to find employment. We must do more to invest in apprenticeship program, and incentivize business to hire and train young workers. Lowering Tolls - For many, many years, your elected officials have told you that they were going to go to Annapolis and lower tolls for those who use the Key Bridge and tunnels for work on a daily basis. To date, they have all failed. I will take the fight to a whole new level, and will introduce legislation to limit the amount of days per week that tolls can be collected for regular EZPass users.
By Authority: Friends of Megan Ann Mioduszewski, Treasurer, Marc Mioduszewski