Maryland needs a governor with a clear vision for the future of our state—and the experience it takes to get it done.
Here is my vision for the Real Results that we need to see across our state:
RESTORING MARYLAND’S SCHOOLS TO THE NATION’S BEST
We have a moral obligation to make sure our kids can learn the skills they need to get good jobs, and have the opportunity to prosper.
For years, Maryland’s schools were ranked the best in the nation. Under Governor Hogan’s watch, we’ve continued to slip down the list and according to the Kirwan Commission, we are now just the “middle of the pack.”
As governor, I will restore Maryland’s schools to the best in the nation by:
- Prioritizing early childhood education to provide universal, high-quality pre-K for Maryland’s four-year-olds so we can help prevent achievement gaps before they begin.
- Updating funding formulas to support historically disadvantaged jurisdictions so that the quality of a child’s education is not dependent on their zip code.
- Increasing the state’s commitment to school construction funding and ensuring that public money supports public schools, rather than creating parallel school systems.
- Making tuition-free community college a reality for every Maryland student who wants to learn.
I know we can get this done in Maryland because I have achieved these kinds of results in Baltimore County.
Baltimore County is one of the nation’s 25 largest school systems, with over 113,000 students and more than 20,000 educators and support staff from over than 100 countries.
Facing aging infrastructure and increasing enrollment, I championed the largest school construction program in the history of our County: a $1.3 billion investment to build or rebuild 90 schools that is taking kids out of trailers and into modern learning environments.
Under my leadership, Baltimore County has adopted innovative practices inside the classroom including:
- Creating 21st century classrooms, putting digital devices in to the hands of every student and Wi-Fi in every building.
- Starting foreign language classes in the 4th grade and encouraging every child to graduate fluent in a second language.
- Introducing the Early College High School program that allows students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an Associate’s degree from our community college—tuition free.
- Enhancing classroom security, including reinforced doors and windows, and interior and exterior cameras that can be remotely accessed by every police officer.
As a result, Baltimore County’s graduation rate has increased every year, exceeding the state average, approaching 90 percent, while we have eliminated disparities in graduation rates between African American and white students.
GROWING MARYLAND’S ECONOMY
When a century of steelmaking ended at Bethlehem Steel, and we lost 2,000 jobs, I made it a priority to create the next generation of jobs.
Today, Sparrows Point is coming back to life with 17,000 new jobs in the largest industrial redevelopment program in the country. This is the kind of economic development we need in Maryland, not blank checks for big corporations.
To expand job opportunity, I created the “Job Connector” program, an innovative and flexible workforce development model that collaborates directly with employers to expand training in key fields and increase access to high-quality jobs across the Baltimore region.
While most government workforce development systems can lead to people completing training and receiving certifications in fields with no job openings, the Job Connector works with local employers to pair local job opportunities with workers, who we provide with the necessary skills.
As a result of programs like these, Baltimore County has created thousands of jobs and cut our unemployment rate in half.
As governor, I will do the same hard work across the state to create jobs and revitalize communities, by:
- Raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour to expand opportunities for all our families.
- Increasing economic opportunities by implementing thoughtful transportation strategies, including a renewed statewide commitment to integrated rail.
- Ending corporate welfare and focusing on job training to retain, promote, and attract businesses.
- Expanding Baltimore County’s innovative Job Connector program statewide.
PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT FOR THE NEXT GENERATION
When President Trump removed the United States from the Paris Climate Accords, I immediately made sure Baltimore County joined the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan climate advocacy coalition of state leaders from across the country.
As governor, I will make government smarter and more environmentally responsible by:
- Aggressively leading the charge to stand up to the Trump Administration and empowering the Attorney General to defend Marylanders in court.
- Taking steps to improve the long-term health of the Bay and all our waterways, including doubling oyster sanctuaries, and creating incentives to reduce chicken manure runoff.
- Doubling Maryland’s RPS targets to 50 percent by 2030, generating additional clean energy projects and confronting climate change impacts.
- Reinstating smart growth development policies and continuing restorative practices to rebuild eroding stream beds and protect shorelines.
- Expanding our state’s commitment to renewable energy solutions with new investments in Maryland-based solar and wind, which will create good-paying jobs and reduce air pollution.
- Stopping the Potomac Pipeline, which poses a major threat to drinking and groundwater. Maryland cannot become the home of the next KeystoneXL.
ENDING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC
Tragic deaths from opioid overdoses continue to skyrocket in communities across our state and we must do more to help those suffering from substance use disorder to stop loss of our loved ones to the disease of addiction.
As governor, I will support bipartisan efforts to improve the ACA and take steps to end this public health crisis, by:
- Increasing education efforts to end the stigma surrounding the disease of addiction.
- Ensuring the opioid overdose reversal medication, naloxone, remains accessible and taking steps to keep it affordable.
- Expanding access to evidence-based, on-demand treatment, so individuals can enter treatment as soon as they are ready.
- Supporting police interdiction efforts to break the illegal networks that continue to funnel heroin, prescription opioids, and synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, into our communities.
- Filing lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors who have profited by misleading doctors into prescribing opioids for chronic pain.
STANDING UP FOR WHAT WE STAND FOR
It’s not enough to talk about the things we’ll do, we also need to focus on why we do them.
I learned my values growing up working in my father’s pharmacy in Overlea, and they’ve guided me throughout my career in public service. Everyone, no matter their race, religion, sexual orientation, or where their family came from, deserves to feel at home in their community.
As County Executive, I didn’t have to learn about these issues from the news in order to act. I’ve stood up for our values right away:
- In April 2017, I issued an Executive Order barring any County employee, including the police, from discriminating based upon one’s immigration status.
- In December 2016, I sent a letter to the president of Baltimore County’s five colleges reiterating our commitment to protecting DACA students.
- In September 2015, I renamed Robert E Lee Park to Lake Roland, eliminating a symbol of hate.
- In 2012, I was proud to sign a law protecting the rights of transgender individuals.
As governor, I will continue to fight on behalf of all residents to ensure that hate will never be a Maryland value.