Wage growth for Maryland’s families has fallen behind under Larry 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. With new leadership, we can increase wage growth, support our small businesses, retain more of our own start ups and expand prosperity across every sector and region of our state.
Read my full plan, Make It In Maryland: Building a More Inclusive, Thriving Economy
For the past 5 years, I’ve been a Partner at Kapor Capital where I advise small businesses and start-ups in Maryland and nationally. In April, I brought executives from Google and Alphabet to do site visits at the University of Maryland, College Park and to meet high-level business, civic, and social leaders in Prince George’s County and Baltimore City.
As a civil rights leader, I’ve helped lead the fight for a $15 minimum wage and ensure fair treatment for groups routinely exploited and excluded from business and employment opportunities. This plan for economic development will invest in Maryland’s people and leverage our unique resources to build a more inclusive, thriving economy.
As governor, I will:
- Raise the minimum wage to $15 and tie it to the state’s median wage as well as gradually eliminate the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers.
- Create a governor’s Office of Tech Transfer charged with fostering the networks and programming needed to cultivate robust connections between industry stakeholders and coordinating infrastructure and development policy to create the urban fabric and connections that give rise to an innovation ecosystem.
- Ensure prosperity reaches everyone by tackling chronic unemployment. Within my first 100 days in office, I will develop a comprehensive plan to connect recent graduates and the chronically unemployed with employment opportunities and increase funding for training and apprenticeship programs.
- Create a job boosting program to hire job seekers to public sector positions when and where there is no private sector work available. This program will help fill gaps in Maryland’s workforce development pipeline, and spur the creation of additional private sector jobs.
- Create a statewide Youthworks program providing eligible youth with summer employment and potential entrepreneurship grants to work with business mentors.
- Boost employment for the formerly incarcerated by developing new incentives to hire the formerly incarcerated and ensure workforce development programs are better integrated to to include Marylanders with criminal records, including a “Ban the Box” statewide policy for the private sector.
- Revive rural communities by providing more technical assistance to farmers transitioning in to the 21st century marketplace, expand rural broadband and make it easier for farmers to sell their goods within Maryland’s urban centers.
- Create an innovation environment that will enable more locally grown companies to remain in Maryland. I will work to make entrepreneurship more inclusive in Maryland as well.
- Reclaim Maryland’s position in Biotech and Life Sciences.
- Connect workers to jobs with a 21st century transportation plan, reversing Larry Hogan’s singular focus on roads by investing in transportation strategies that best serve all of Maryland and drives economic growth by making it easier for workers to get to work and students to get to school.