Before Governor Hogan took office, Maryland’s public schools were ranked first in the country for five years running. Now, under his leadership, we’ve slipped to sixth. As governor, I will reverse this trend by making sure we raise teacher pay by 29%, fund full-day universal Pre-K by legalizing and taxing marijuana for adult use, and force Annapolis to finally keep its promise to use all of the casino and lottery revenue to increase education spending, not replace money they’ve shifted to other priorities.
As governor, I will end this era of mass incarceration and use those savings to fund initiatives that will eventually make college tuition-free, and ensure no Marylander is forced to accrue massive debt in order to receive a good education.
Healthcare premiums have increased by double digits each year, hurting our small businesses and bankrupting families. Meanwhile, our seniors are seeing their prescription drug costs spike, forcing them to choose between their medications and other basic needs. As governor, I’ll work to ensure Maryland makes real progress in ensuring we finally have a healthcare system that works for our families, seniors and small businesses.
Marylanders desperately need relief from skyrocketing prescription drug and healthcare costs, and not nearly enough is being done to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable and enact policies to lower costs, increase transparency and improve competition. I have a comprehensive plan that builds on successes from other states as well as innovative ideas that have bipartisan support. We can do better for working people but we need to act now.
Innovate Maryland is a small business and entrepreneurship plan that builds on my experience as an investor helping small businesses and entrepreneurs reach their full potential. For too long, Maryland has been stuck, with lagging wage growth, GDP growth and job growth as our neighbors in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the rest of the nation move ahead. This plan will create a business-friendly environment and help our small businesses and entrepreneurs compete and succeed.
Wage growth for Maryland’s families have fallen behind under Governor Hogan and we need new leadership to create an economy that is truly inclusive and meets the needs of our state. As a businessman and civil rights leader, I know how to build an economy that leaves no family behind, no worker behind, no young person behind and no person behind who has paid their debt to society and deserves a second chance.
From Salisbury and Baltimore to Cumberland, our cities have experienced chronic underinvestment in education, transportation, and job creation. As governor, I will invest in our cities to ensure equal opportunity for all and return them to the economic hubs they once were. There is a wealth of untapped potential in our state, and when we look to our cities, we see that they have been without proper investment for far too long. As governor, I’ll use my experience as a civil rights leader and businessman to ensure cities are at the forefront of reviving Maryland’s economy.
Our students should have every opportunity to learn the skills they will need to be successful in tomorrow’s economy. But for too long, our schools have been disconnected from the reality of our workforce needs and now many good-paying employment opportunities go unfilled. We can build the most effective pipeline of skilled workers from our education system to our economy by making job skills just as important as college preparation in our high schools.
Our current criminal justice system is wasteful, inefficient, and makes us less safe. We must implement smart-on-crime policies that ensure safety and prosperity while creating a just system for all.
Baltimore City and other jurisdictions have paid out millions of dollars in settlements and jury awards related to police misconduct. In many instances, the misconduct resulted in the death or injury to unarmed civilians. As governor, I’ll support reform efforts already underway in jurisdictions like Baltimore, while also instituting new policies statewide that more aggressively address police misconduct and prevent the killing of unarmed civilians.