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What he would focus on if he were Governor
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Posted at 7:26 AM, Jun 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-06 07:26:55-04

Women’s rights

  • Equal pay for women before 2042 by preventing employers from asking salary history
  • Paid parental leave for 12 weeks will receive 70% of full paycheck
  • Provide affordable childcare by providing funding to increase the market value of Maryland's childcare voucher, creating childcare apps, and providing tax credits for companies that provide child care
  • Provide tax subsidies and grant institutions for women entrepreneurs
  • End sexual harassment in the workplace by auditing incidents among state employees and more.
  • Prevent sexual assault on college campuses by creating task forces focused on taking preventative steps and requiring Maryland public schools to establish resource centers. 

Environment

  • Invest in renewable clean energy and infrastructure for a statewide recycling and composting system
  • Create green jobs
  • Protect the environment by instituting a statewide ban on Styrofoam and plastic bags
  • The Baker Greenprint for Maryland plan
    • Aims to make Maryland the first state with 100% clean energy and zero waste
    • Resilient communities
    • Restore the Chesapeake Bay
    • Improve Maryland air quality

Campaign Finance

  • Introduce legislation that would prohibit candidates from receiving direct campaign contributions from corporations or Political Action Committees. 
  • Change the Maryland Election Law similar to Montgomery and Howard County systems
  • Create legislation that would require Maryland Super PACs to contribute funds, proportional to their total expenditures, to pay for the Maryland Democracy Fund. 

Education

  • Increase teacher salaries
  • Create more dual-enrollment programs
  • Expand universal pre-k and full-day kindergarten
  • Affordable higher learning

Infrastructure

  • Transportation policy will focus on investing in infrastructure that advances sustainability and economic and social equity for all
  • Create solutions to our transit problems that would do more than take more cars off the road
  • Expand economic opportunity and mobility
  • Support metro stations and affordable housing to accommodate the increased demand to live in transit-rich areas

Criminal Justice Reform & Public Safety

  • Strengthening the relationship between law enforcement and the community
  • Mandatory sensitivity and implicit bias training for law enforcement
  • Increase diversity among police offices
  • Transforming Neighborhood Initiative which will dedicate government resources to reduce the disparity between communities
    • Develop forgotten neighborhoods across the state
  • Always looking to address the following issues which he thinks create crime
    • Lack of jobs
    • Poverty
    • Poor education
    • Reduce prison population

Record and Vision

  • Created 16,000+ jobs
  • Reduced crime by 55%
  • Public school enrollment and graduation rates are increasing
  • $9 billion of economic development
  • Diversified education
  • Property values are up 61%