Mac believes supporting our public schools and higher education is a top priority for our future. We need to ensure that all children in Charles County attend quality public schools and have the opportunity to go to college.
Working with the County Commissioners, delegates and school board, Mac helped win approval of every request made for state funds for Charles County school construction! Over the years, Mac fought for approval of over $150 million in State funds for school projects.
Mac has helped fund improvements to our University of Maryland system and our community colleges. Supported the prevention of college tuition increases for the third year in a row as well as increasing aid to community colleges by $150 million over the last two years. About half of Charles County public school graduates attend community colleges.
During his last 4 years, as a member of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee and then chair of the Capital Budget Subcommittee, Mac fought for approval of over $15 million in local project for Charles County and Southern Maryland.
Those who provide care for the developmentally disabled have long been underpaid. A stressful job, many of these well meaning people could not survive on what amounted to less than minimum wage. Mac provided a voice for this community in Annapolis, winning approval of legislation to increase their wages.
Mac knows that working families and the middle class are the backbone of Charles County’s economy. He has worked tirelessly to close the income disparity and raise the middle class by fighting for an increase in the minimum wage, stronger K-12 funding, and the ability of all working families to form a union. As the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Mac strongly supported an increase in the minimum wage that made Maryland a leader in the country and will ensure a $10.10 minimum wage by 2018.
Supporting Charles County’s business community will help the entire community, providing good job opportunities within the county for our residents, increasing our tax base to increase revenues for schools and other investments. Mac has supported tax cuts, improved transportation infrastructure, and an educational system that provides a well-prepared workforce.
Mac has fought for Charles County’s fair share of transportation funding, to improve our road system and provide transit choices.
Mac fights for safe Charles County communities and for our police, deputies, and fire and rescue volunteers.
Mac supports common-sense efforts to protect our environment and preserve the rural character of Southern Maryland.
Following the tornado that swept through Charles County, devastating homes and businesses in downtown La Plata, Mac has worked with town, county and State leaders to make sure the resources were available for La Plata, our residential communities and farms. He will continue to work for funding to rebuild and revitalize the town, homes, farms and other businesses. Mac is a member of the Governor’s La Plata task force, working to provide additional resources for the town.
Mac believes we need to address health care for the young and old. We need to understand and stabilize high prescription drug costs. The Federal government is not living up to its responsibility to provide prescription drugs for Medicare recipients.