Richard Madaleno's issues

What he would focus on if he were Governor

Richard Madaleno is running on the campaign that he has experience and he is the democrat who can beat Governor Hogan. He has a very detailed list of his issues on his website, below are highlights of those plans. 

Health Care

  • Affordable healthcare
  • Affordable prescription drugs
  • Build a more comprehensive treatment such as rehabilitation and recovery support system
  • How to identify substances uses disorders: and how to get patients help
  • Ensure access to both mental health and substance use disorder services
  • Take steps to make sure that private and public insurance coverage follows the law
  • Help people who are incarcerated have access to substance use disorder treatment and mental treatment
  • Fight the stigma that keeps people from treatment and successful long-term recovery

Education Thrive by 25

  • Tuition-free community college
  • Invest in the states four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Invest in high-quality technology
  • Pay teachers accordingly
  • Ensure college affordability
  • Free college for families with an income below $150,000


  • Improve water quality
  • Improve the health of the oyster and crab population
  • Increasing use of renewable energy portfolio standard, so that 50% of the state’s energy in Maryland will come from a renewable source by 2030
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change
  • Increasing recycling
  • Endorses an increase in Maryland renewable energy to 50% and ultimately to 100% carbon-free energy
  • Deny permission to build pipelines in Maryland which could jeopardize the water supply

Economy and Jobs

  • Raising minimum wage to $15 in Maryland
  • Earned sick leave for employees
  • Respecting labor and workers’ rights


  • Ensure good health care
  • Prevent elder abuse
  • Encouraging retirement savings and protecting retirement income
  • Funding facilities and supportive housing for the elderly
  • Supporting elderly living at home
  • Elderly above the age 62 who receive federal food stamps will receive at least $30 per month for food.


  • Ensure that our hard-working immigrants can thrive in our state.
  • Maintain a strong relationship and trust between our police and our communities
  • Establish a program to assist naturalization-eligible Maryland residents finance
  • Ensure affordable high-quality health care for all Maryland residents


  • Fight sexual harassment and assault
  • Establish a state commission on sexual harassment to prevent harassment
  • Achieving the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples in Maryland
  • Stand up against racism, bigotry. Harassment and discrimination

Affordable Housing

  • Enforce laws the prohibit discrimination in housing
  • Implement a “housing first” program to solve the growing problem of homelessness in our communities
  • Implement a long-term plan to increase affordable housing
  • Supporting housing and specialized housing to end both veterans’ homelessness and chronic homelessness


  • Continue to support veterans and provide for employment and educational opportunities
  • Support programs to help provide startup funds and low-interest loans for veterans’ businesses
  • Support programs to assist veteran-owned businesses become certified for federal and state contracts
  • Support programs to provide mental health and other health care and support services for veterans.

Gun Violence

  • Keep dangerous firearms off our streets
  • Enact the bill banning the sales of bump stocks and other accessory devices, such as automatic weapons
  • Support measures to better trace in gun crimes to determine how and where guns are diverted to the underground market


  • Build and maintain a strong statewide transportation system
  • Advocates for action to ease severe traffic on the American Legion Bridge on I-495, I-270, and parts of Prince George’s County
  • Supports the Red Line light rail project in Baltimore which was abruptly canceled by the current Governor
  • Dedicated to improving metro safety and ensuring safety
  • Long-term sustainable funding and the creation of regional transportation authorities

Animal Welfare

  • Push for a law to require that animal research labs provide for the adoption of dogs and cats after experiments have concluded
  • Prevent animal cruelty and require better living and transportation conditions for farm animals
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