Unwavering Defense of the Environment
As Marylanders, we must fulfill our obligation to address the critical problem of Global Climate Change. I will continue the fight for clean air and water and reduced reliance on fossil fuels. I will also work to ensure that large energy companies are held accountable to provide reliable, affordable energy in a way that respects the community and the environment.
Al built a statewide coalition of legislators, municipal leaders, environmentalists and businesses to successfully champion legislation to hold electric utilities accountable for energy efficient and cost effective service.
Strengthening our Economy
I believe that a strong economy does not need to come at the expense of quality of life, the environment or good government. There are opportunities to reform our policies in ways that can reduce cost
and cut red tape for the small businesses that are the engine of our economy.
Al authored and secured passage of two bills to promote smart growth and encourage investment in small businesses within revitalizing commercial areas such as downtown Wheaton.
Educational Opportunities for All
continue Montgomery County's tradition of prioritizing educational excellence.
I will fight to ensure that our county gets our fair share of state education dollars for teacher pay and school construction. At the same time, I will keep pushing to find ways to close the achievement gap.
Al worked with the Montgomery County Delegation to obtain record amounts of school construction funding.
Fresh Solutions to Transportation Problems
Our traffic problems don't just inconvenience us, they drive away potential employers and new residents. I will continue efforts to promote
regional cooperation to solve our transportation problems, and I will advance new approaches that go beyond a focus on
expensive road projects. We need solutions for now
that balance the concerns of
District 18 with the whole of Montgomery County, the State and the region.
Al successfully championed legislation giving transit riders a greater voice in decisions when cuts are made.
He pushed through a bill to promote sustainable transportation options by reforming laws governing bicycling in Maryland.
In 2008, the Maryland Transit Administration studied eight alternatives for the purple line. Read Al Carr's fall 2008 testimony
from one of the public hearings.
Preserving the Safety Net | Fiscal Responsibility
In recent years, the cost of living has increased dramatically, especially for seniors. That's why, in this tough economy, I will work to protect families and retirees from bearing the brunt of increased energy and tax bills. To help prepare for the future, I will also seek ways to ensure that government is fiscally responsible and uses resources efficiently.
Al authored a bill protecting homeowners from foreclosure and legal fees from the sale of tax liens.
He secured passage of legislation giving local governments greater authority to foster affordable housing.
Clean and Transparent Government
We deserve election, ethics and campaign finance systems that
inspire confidence. I will work to close loopholes in our voting laws, sunshine laws and
ethics laws so that Government puts the concerns of citizens first. I will work to establish
public financing of campaigns so that the public interest will better guide elected officials.
Al secured passage of state legislation providing greater transparency and accountability for school spending in Montgomery County. Howard County followed our example and passed a similar bill the next year.
Balanced Growth and Development
I share the goals expressed by many of you, to ensure that new development is compatible with existing communities -- regional forces are increasing the pressure for rapid change and gentrification. Growth is desirable, but we need to make sure that it is sustainable and be careful not to
erode our quality of life. Better development decisions are made when all stake holders have a seat at the table.
Al successfully championed three pieces of legislation giving municipal residents a greater voice in development decisions.
Safe Streets and Safe Neighborhoods
I will work to ensure that we have the laws,
resources and coordination for safe streets and effective emergency response.
As a three-term Kensington Council Member, Al was able to increase public safety resources while balancing the budget and reducing the tax rate five years in a row. As a Delegate, Al has been endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police and the Career Fire Fighters Association.
Affordable, Accessible Health care
Now that President Obama's health reform package has passed Congress, it is up to the states to make sure it works at the local level. I will continue working to expand access to affordable health care, and I will seek ways to reduce unnecessary red tape for our hard-working doctors, nurses and medical professionals. Additionally, I believe that strongly supporting
medical research at institutions such as NIH, will prove to be a wise investment in our future.
Al supported Assignment of Benefits legislation that streamlines and improves the process for reimbursement of out-of-network physicians and protects consumers from unexpected and costly medical bills.
Strong Consumer Protection
I will work to strengthen laws and resources that protect privacy, prevent identity theft, spam, and unscrupulous marketing practices that take advantage of vulnerable citizens.
Because of his consumer-friendly voting record, Al is one of only four Maryland legislators with a 100% lifetime score from Maryland PIRG.
Engage All Residents | Promote Civil Rights
Everyone deserves to have a voice. I will work to ensure that all parts of our diverse community are included in our decisions. We must work together to
keep us moving forward on civil rights and strengthening protections against
Al supports Marriage Equality and has co-sponsored the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act every year.
He was the lead sponsor in 2010 for the Gender Identity Antidiscrimination bill and was able to recruit four more legislators to add to the list of co-sponsors.