Mark S. Chang
Glen Burnie, Anne Arundel County
Risk Management Consultant
Glen Burnie High School, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Loyola University
Maryland House of Delegates 2015-Present
Why are you running for office?
As a lifelong resident of the district, I personally understand the needs of the residents. As Vice Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, I have been able to secure critical funding for our schools, hospitals, roads and communities.
What is the most pressing issue in your district?
Investments in our roads is vitally important to keep up with the vibrant growth in our district.
How will you help your constituents deal with inflation?
As an example, during this last legislative session, $2 billion in tax relief was passed to support individuals and families. With a projected structural surplus in the next few fiscal years and healthy rainy day fund, the legislature can pass additional measures to help deal with inflation.
What do you see as the top transportation priority in your district, and how would you address it?
Strategic investments in our roads to relieve congestion is a high priority of transportation in the district. Also, safety measures are needed in the Light Rail system that travels through neighborhoods in the district. Additional investments are needed to advance mass transit modes for residents in the area and state. At this time, there is approximately $4 billion in unallocated Infrastructure, Investments, & Jobs Act funding that will be decicated to support our transportation modes. The Governor and legislature will need to work collaboratively to invest in priority areas of infrastructure improvements.
What should schools do differently during the next pandemic to help students, families and teachers?
From lessons learned during the pandemic, we have the technology and protocols to ensure safe and effective learning environments. We need to continue to build upon the best educational practices. With the passage of Blue Print for Education legislation, the state is making historical investments in making sure that Maryland leads the way in education for all students.
How equitably do police officers treat people of color?
Implicit bias, professional standards and accountability training needs to continue in our public safety agencies to serve our increasing diverse communities.
What would you do to make sure Maryland's voting system is secure and accurate?
Maryland has made signifcant investments to ensure that our voting system is safe and secure. As technology evolves, we need to invest in the best cyber tools to keep our elections secure.
What are the right goals and deadlines for Maryland to reduce carbon emissions and develop renewable energy sources?
During this past legislative session, a comprehensive climate package became law to reducae carbon emissions and develop renewable energy. In the near future, the state will be advancing forward to net zero emissions.
What's Maryland's best use of federal COVID relief money?
During the pandemic COVID relief money has been dedicated to housing, food and energy assistance. Billions of dollars have been invested in brick and mortar projects across the state which promotes job creation. Additional investments in capital projects from COVID relief will help keep our economy growing strong.
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