Important Issues for our District
“I am looking forward to listening and understanding more about what constituents in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District need and to learn from them”
An engineering graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Summer Spring believes that Marylanders face hard spending choices with an ever increasing cost of childcare and higher- education. 20% of median income should not be spent on childcare. Maryland’s youth and parents should be thinking about which track of education to embark on, not how they’re going to afford it.
Summer Spring was 1 of only a handful of women in her engineering graduating class. There are very few women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at most universities, and this is especially true for ivy leagues schools like her alma mater. To encourage women to pursue careers in STEM, Summer has led workshops, training, and participated in mentoring other women in computer-science. She believes that from a preschool age, America needs a better support system that sustains public and youth engagement with STEM and prepares historically underrepresented groups for a our future workforce.
She supports comprehensive immigration reform by supporting greencards for DACA recipients, making improvements to the H1B Visa program to reflect the 21st century, and introducing new types of visas that give temporary legal protections and status to illegal immigrants.
Summer Spring believes we need to enable growth immediately in public transportation and fossil fuels alternatives such as electric vehicles and solar energy. Public investment is vital to solve the most crucial issue of our time- Climate Change. The impacts of these investments are two-fold. Anyone who has ever had to make the commute from Maryland to DC also knows that investing in new public transit infrastructure will have a direct impact on day to day life in Maryland.
“Faster, more reliable transportation will drastically improve quality of life for commuters ( both students and workers), increase tourism and improve the economy in the rural parts of the 8th district, and attract businesses and jobs.”
Summer Spring is owner and president of a management consulting firm based in DC. Her firm specializes in helping organizations understand and solve challenges around business process automation, cybersecurity, and risk. She is the proud mother of two beautiful girls and can’t remember the last time she slept more than four hours a night.
“One of the things I love most about Maryland is its wonderful diversity in people and resources. I’m so grateful that I raise my daughters here. District 8 should be represented by someone who appreciates these many differences and will listen to constituents’ ideas and concerns.”
Maryland’s 8th Congressional District has a long history of outstanding farms and agriculture. From the first farms in Carroll County founded in the 1700s, agriculture remains a primary industry of Maryland and America. New taxes and tariffs recently imposed are one of the many struggles that Maryland farms now face.
To combat the effects of climate change, I’d call for increased investment in our farms, forests and natural resources. I would advocate for policies that support water conservation, green renewable energy, new organic farming techniques that reduce carbon emissions, and vocational and agricultural education that continues to expand STEM efficiencies into farming and ranching.
Along with nearly every district in the State, Maryland’s 8th District is facing an epidemic of heroin-related and prescription opioid-related intoxication deaths. I, like many Americans, have known families facing multiple addictions and deaths due to the opioid crisis. I believe that we need to go beyond management of the epidemic and invest in first-use prevention efforts.
Americans with access to quality public transportation (fast and convenient rail and bus transport) enjoy better health outcomes. These outcomes include reduced pollution emissions, better physical fitness, and improved mental health. Research shows that public transportation increases access to medical care, food options, and education choices. In addition, it contributes significantly to reducing financial stress in lower-income households. A 2016 study, found that residents of the 8th district of Maryland viewed transportation issues as the most critical problem facing the region. I would support funding for more efficient high-speed public transit options. It would improve the lives of our residents drastically.
Education continues to be a bipartisan concern, but recent education policies are not working! The United States ranks in the middle of the pack of other industrialized nations in STEM education. Our workforce should be competitive in Science, Engineering, and Technology. State and Federal support must continue to grow for teachers, education infrastructure, and youth engagement. Educators should have the same flexibilities we give entrepreneurs to find solutions that prepare every kid for successful higher-education and a modern workforce.
“Our teachers should not be working second or third jobs to pay for school supplies. And our students should have funding to learn more about their interests from coding to art.”
We can no longer ignore that opioid abuse continues to grow throughout the United States. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, people on Medicaid are more likely to be prescribed opioids, at higher doses, and for longer durations—increasing their risk for addiction and its associated consequences. The solution needs to go beyond management and into first-use prevention by looking at common factors observed in areas affected by opioid abuse and doing something mitigate those. These factors include lack of access to education, inadequate public recreational resources and lack of community facilities and programs to divert energies into healthier outlets. We need to engage both Democrats and Republicans for a comprehensive solution to this problem immediately.
Maryland needs to invest immediately and unequivocally in public transportation and fossil fuels alternatives to tackle the most crucial issue of our time- Climate Change.
“We need to be honest that the coal industry is harmful and no longer sustainable- coal jobs are not coming back.”
We need to advocate for training, and where needed, payments to folks affected by job losses as we move away from fossil fuel . We need to invest in finding long-term solutions for those who have lost their jobs in the coal industry and continue to support jobs in new industries such as solar power, wind, and public transit.
Furthermore, adopting ideas like the Z and Y visa proposals introduced by Harry Reid in 2007 – would provide legal status to illegal immigrants with requirements. These requirements would include a background check, fines, proof of consistent employment, and collection of taxes. We need reform that allows for merit-based access to legalization to protect those who are vital to our economy and culture.
According to the American Action Forum, DACA recipients have a net positive fiscal impact of $3.4 billion each year and contribute nearly $42 billion to annual GDP. We cannot afford to eliminate these benefits to our economy and need to extend Green Card access to our Dreamers.