C. Anthony Muse
C. Anthony Muse
District: 26 Political Party: Democrat Birthplace: Baltimore, MD Age: 52 Residence: Fort Washington, MD Family: Wife Pat Lawson Muse Education: Morgan State University, B.A. (history); Wesley Theological Seminary, M.Div.; Howard University, Doctor of Ministry, Church and Community Development Professional Experience: Member of Senate since January 10, 2007 (Judicial Proceedings Com.), member of House of Delegates, 1995-99 (Ways and Means Committee and Transportation subcommittee), member, National Conference of State Legislatures (human services & welfare committee, 2007-), member of the Maryland State Ethics Commission (1987-92) and Senior Pastor, Ark of Safety Christian Church, Upper Marlboro since 1999. Community Experience: Board of Directors, Red Cross; Greater Southeast Community Hospital; Prince George's Community Ministries (past president). Past President, Southern Maryland Ministers' Alliance. Executive Board, Southern Maryland Area Self Help. Past member, Foster Care Review Board, Prince George's County; Baltimore City Teacher Advisory Council, Task Force to Study Rent Stabilization for the Elderly in Prince George's County, 2007; Co-Chair, Task Force to Study How to Improve Financial Literacy in the State, 2008-10. Member, Task Force on Prisoner Re-Entry, 2010. Key Issues: Education, Jobs and Economic Development Campaign Website: www.senatormuse.com Campaign email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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2) How would you assess the handling of the state budget over the last four years?
Answer: Given the fact that the recession hit nationwide, I believe we did all that we could. I think that the alcohol tax is one possible solution to assist with healthcare and other programs that have been cut.
3) Should the state shift some or all teacher pensions to counties? Explain.
Answer: No, the state should not shift the teacher pensions to the counties. If pensions are shifted to the county, we will see a additional cuts in funding for high priority services such as education and public safety.
4) Should the Maryland General Assembly legalize medical marijuana to be sold at state-run dispensaries?
Answer: Yes, during the past legislative session I heard the outcry of my constituents from all walks of life. There is overwhelming evidence and testimony from doctors who came to Annapolis that medical marijuana can relieve certain types of pain, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms caused by such illnesses as multiple sclerosis, cancer and AIDS or by the harsh drugs sometimes used to treat them.
5) Should Maryland recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states? Do you support legalization of same-sex marriages in Maryland?
Answer: No to both of the above; however, I believe it should go to a state referendum and the citizens of Maryland should decide.
6) Would you support the expansion of gambling to include table games?
Answer: I am likely to support a referendum, and again I think the citizens of Maryland should decide.
7) Is state funding for schools too much, about right or too little? Of too little, where would you find additional money?
Answer: Given the present economic condition, I think that we did all that we could.
8) What, if anything, would you do to address foreclosures in Prince George's County?
Answer: I have worked to address the foreclosure crisis in Prince George's County. Specifically, in the 26 district, as we have the highest foreclosure rate. Over the last 4 years my office directly assisted constituents in reaching out to their mortgage companies to receive assistance with loan modifications and restructuring of home loans. I also, worked with my colleagues for the Foreclosure Moratorium in 2008 legislative and the Foreclosure Mediation legislation this past legislative session. Foreclosures have a direct impact on every homeowner here in Prince George's County. Property values continuously decrease, crime increases, abandoned and un-kept properties increase and foreclosed properties eventually turn into eye sores for the rest of the community. Therefore, I will continue to work to reduce to foreclosure rate in our County.
9) Is District 26 prepared for the impact of BRAC? How would you address challenges, if any?
Answer: I believe in general we are ready. I think we will have to do more work in terms of road construction and school capacity must be addressed. Also, I hope that as a result of BRAC, jobs and all of the above will not simply be brought from the outside.
10) What are your thoughts on economic development in District 26? How would you address any challenges?
Answer: I believe the state of economic development in the 26th district reflects the county's budget with the absence of jobs and the inability to attract more businesses. However, with National Harbor as an anchor of economic development and with 2/3 of it unfinished, the 26th district has the potential to grow. Part of my strategy is to foster collaboration between the state's Department of Business and Economic Development and our local Prince Economic Development Corporation. Additionally, a challenge to economic growth is crime and lack of adequate road infrastructure. It is a must that we address route 210, Allentown Road and the beltway congestion.
1) What are your top three priorities for the next four years, if elected?- Jobs/ Economic Development - Education - Transportation