Facebook: Delegate Susan Krebs
Profession: Accountant/ Business Advisor (20-plus years)
Current place(s) of employment: Maryland General Assembly (15 years)
Education: B.S. Business/Accounting, Towson University 1981; Post Graduate work at University of Baltimore – Tax Policy
Community groups involved in: Chair, Carroll Hospice; Carroll Hospital Foundation Board; Freedom District Lions Club; Carroll Lutheran Village Advisory Committee; Carroll County Opioid Senior Policy Group; Wesley Freedom Early Years Learning Center Board of Directors
Past political experience: Elected to serve in the Maryland House of Delegates 2003-present; elected to Carroll County Board of Education 1998-2002 serving 2 years as president
Why are you interested in running for this office?: After spending 8 years fighting the failed far-left agenda of the tax and spend O'Malley administration, it has been awesome working with Governor Hogan and his administration to reverse the tide and "Change Maryland for the Better" — but we still have work to do. We finally have our state's fiscal house in order by eliminating the $5.3 billion structural deficit inherited from the previous administration, but we need to keep it that way by focusing on our priorities — providing adequate funding and accountability for K-12 education, repairing and improving our state's roads and bridges and fighting to reign in constant new requests for unnecessary spending. With our fiscal ship headed in the right direction, we have turned our attention to other important issues such as addressing the heroin and opioid crisis sweeping across Maryland and ensuring that our children are safe in our schools and neighborhoods. It is imperative that we continue to stand strong with regards to our Constitutional rights and personal liberties and stop the "nanny state" mentality of many of our Legislators — we must insist on personal responsibility. We need strong proven leaders to help Governor Hogan with his bold commonsense reforms… we are just getting started!
Explain why you are qualified for the office you seek.: I am one of the few Legislators in Annapolis with actual business experience — over twenty years working in accounting and finance for both large and small businesses and over 30 years volunteering and serving our Carroll County community. I was elected to the Carroll County Board of Education in 1998 by a wide margin and have been elected to the House of Delegates by the voters of Carroll County three times by equally large margins — I thank you for that. I am a hands-on Legislator who does her homework and is well respected both at home and in the State House. I pride myself on excellent constituent service and am easily available to listen to your views and concerns. My areas of expertise are healthcare, tax and education policy. I am a fiscal conservative and understand fiscally sound budgeting and have worked hard to reduce the tax burden on families, retirees and our small business community. I believe in efficient, effective and accountable government and that you know best how to spend your own hard earned dollars. I have a proven track record with thousands of votes confirming my conservative values and the interests of Carroll County.
What are the three main issues you wish to address during your campaign and how do you plan to address them?
Reigning in the cost of healthcare and attacking our opioid crisis. The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — "Obamacare" — has moved our healthcare system in the wrong direction by asserting federal control over health care benefits and financing by establishing a complex one-size-fits-all system. We need to move in the opposite direction and provide solutions. The spiraling cost of healthcare and insurance has impacted every family and business. I have been working to transform Maryland's health care system into one that empowers individuals and families to control more of their health care decisions. Allow families complete control of health care dollars including choice of plans, providing portability for those who buy their own health care coverage by allowing individuals to take their insurance from job to job. Respect the role of families on moral decisions and educate on end of life medical decisions. Liberate telemedicine, and provide for transparency in healthcare costs and prescription drugs. Reign in the overprescribing of opioids — we need to continue the work we have done on the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to eliminate doctor shopping and educating both doctors and patients on alternative pain relief and the perils of opioid use.
Fighting for lower taxes and restraint on spending. Will continue to work with Governor Hogan to ensure that Maryland taxpayers are protected from potential State and local tax increases inadvertently resulting from the Federal Tax Overhaul. While most Marylanders will see their federal taxes decrease by an aggregate $2.9 billion — state and local taxes will increase by over $600 million because of inaction by the Legislature. Governor Hogan and I both introduced Legislation that would make Marylanders whole but only a small portion of the windfall is being returned to the taxpayers. We must fix this! The constant desire of the Legislature to spend more and more money on new programs has led to the theft of state tax dollars out of your paycheck- basically stealing your federal tax relief. 22% of Marylanders will pay more state taxes as a result of no longer being able to itemize deductions on the state return. I will reintroduce my legislation again next year to fix this. We have been successful in eliminating taxes on some retirement income for our military, first responders and correctional officers, but I will continue to work to eliminate taxes on retirement income for ALL retirees.
Keeping our students and citizens safe. There is no more important job than keeping our citizens safe — especially our children. I will work to ensure the implementation of Governor Hogan's "Safe Schools" initiatives using $41 million in operating funding and $125 million in the Capital budget this year. School safety grants are available for public and private schools. Implementing statewide school safety standards, including training for school resource officers and school administrators. Work with local school boards to prepare school emergency plans to address behavioral threats and emergency events. The Heroin & Opioid epidemic has affected every community in our state- it is indeed a State of Emergency. We must continue to mobilize resources for effective prevention, treatment, enforcement and recovery in response to this crisis. We cannot allow Maryland to become a sanctuary state. The rule of law must come first — I will continue to oppose any so-called "sanctuary bills" that would limit how jails and police could assist federal authorities or any laws that encourage those here illegally to stay — such as in-state tuition or eligibility for college scholarships. Illegal immigration has posed a huge financial burden on our citizens as well as being a public safety issue.