What is your position on a state living wage?
I worked with Governor O’Malley and organized labor in 2007 to establish the nation’s first statewide living wage law – a tremendous accomplishment for Maryland’s working families and the Middle Class. This year, I worked with Governor O’Malley, non-profits, businesses, labor, and our partners in the General Assembly to raise the minimum wage for Maryland workers to $10.10 per hour. Raising the minimum wage will benefit more than 455,000 Marylanders, inject more than $456 million into the economy and create 1,600 new jobs.
Does Montgomery County need more school funding?
Over the last seven years, the O’Malley-Brown Administration has made record investments in our schools, increased operating funding by $1.5 billion (35%) and invested an annual average of $340 million in school construction. Since 2007, we have invested approximately $277.4 million in Montgomery County school infrastructure. The Brown-Ulman Administration will set a new high water mark for school construction investment, reaching $500 million annually by FY2019. We will also support Montgomery County’s efforts to identify innovative ways to leverage state and local investments in order to update its school facilities.
Are you in favor of a millionaires tax?
Maryland needs comprehensive tax reform. While I don’t see the need to raise new taxes in the foreseeable future, I do see the need for comprehensive tax reform. Our tax code should reflect our values, including a commitment to providing relief for working and middle class families; encouraging employers to make job-creating investments in Maryland; and protecting our investments in public education, public safety, the environment, and health care.
This also means a commitment to policies that encourage growth in the areas it is needed most by using incentives and working with the business community, building on proven tax incentives that have helped fuel our economy. We will create a commission on tax reform in our first 100 days in office. This work will not be easy, but together, we will align our tax system to our values and create greater opportunities for Marylanders now and in the future.
What is your plan for mitigating flooding due to climate change in future decades?
Climate change is a serious problem impacting our planet, the country and the State of Maryland. We must work together to reduce greenhouse gases and other pollutants that are leading to global warming, sea level rise and more powerful storms.
To make our state more sustainable for future generations, we passed the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act, adopted a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) that requires 20% of all electricity in Maryland to be delivered from renewable sources, such as wind and solar, by 2022. We also entered into a regional partnership to create the Nation’s first power plant emissions cap and trade program.
To contain and reduce our carbon footprint we will increase investments in renewable energy sources
and reduce energy consumption by increasing efficiency. We will also invest in smart growth, transit
oriented development, walkable communities like Silver Spring and Takoma Park, build projects such as
the Purple line and Corridor Cities Transitway, and invest in sidewalks and bike lanes.
What is the main thrust of your environmental policy?
The greatest challenge of our time, as a State and a nation, particularly as we recover from this recession
now, is to address the persistent gaps, and disparities, that exist in our communities – including our
environment. Building a better Maryland for more Marylanders means providing every family the
security of a healthy neighborhood with clean air and clean water. Some of our most pressing
environmental issues have a disproportionate effect on our most vulnerable citizens and communities.
We will build a broader environmental coalition and pursue environmental justice for every community,
from air quality to water quality and access to healthy, affordable foods. We will
- Increase urban green space and remove blight.
- Create competitive grants to eliminate food deserts.
- Work with community and faith organizations to clean up our streets and beautify our
- Strengthen our environmental and agricultural agencies by giving them the resources they need
to improve Maryland’s environment.
What is your position on fracking?
I will not support the development of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale unless we have a safe way to do
it. We will protect Western Maryland’s families, our environment, and our rural legacy as we pursue
new energy opportunities, whether those opportunities include hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, wind
power, solar or other sources.
In 2013, we funded a $1.5 million study to fully examine all of the implications of natural gas hydraulic
fracturing in order to determine whether it is right for Maryland. The study will examine a wide range of
environmental risk factors and effects. We will carefully consider the results of this study before we take
any steps toward fracking. While the energy potential of the Marcellus Shale represents an enticing
economic opportunity, we will not accept a process that jeopardizes our families or environment.
Do you have a jobs program?
Yes, Ken Ulman and I have a five-point jobs plan that begins with greater investments in infrastructure.
Together, we will build strong and reliable infrastructure, by building the Purple Line and expanding our
renewable energy portfolio. We will prepare Marylanders for, and connect them to, in-demand jobs by
piloting a Workforce Intermediary Center, expanding apprenticeship opportunities, and expanding EARN.
We will grow our small and entrepreneurial business community by creating a small business microloan
fund; create small business clinics to offer Marylanders guidance legal and business guidance to launch
and grow local companies at no cost; and maintain our commitment to industry-specific tax credits, in
order to continue to grow our Cybersecurity and Biotechnology industries. We will also create a more
responsive, transparent and accountable state government; and pursue comprehensive tax reform.
Together, we will help more Marylanders realize the American Dream: to get a job and build a brighter future for themselves and their families.
What is your position on reintegrating felons into Maryland’s civic and employment arenas?
As we build a better Maryland for more Marylanders, we also need to help ex-offenders to put their past behind them through access to jobs and opportunities. Together, we will work with local governments to “ban the box” on county and municipal job applications; adopt shielding requirements for non-violent crimes; invest in transitional housing; and provide more education and training opportunities for men and women while incarcerated, which will help more ex-offenders re-enter society with credentials they need to find employment.
Since 2000, we’ve reduced Maryland’s recidivism rate from 51.4% to 40.5%; a reduction of almost 11 percentage points, and reduced the inmate population over the past eight years. Together, we’ve “banned the box” for state job applications, increased participation in training and education programs for inmates in order to better prepare them for a career after reentry, and improved community supervision through our Violence Prevention Initiative.
If you could enact a single change for Maryland, what would it be?
We will build a better Maryland for more Marylanders by establishing a business climate that attracts, retains, and grows businesses in our state, building on our highly-skilled workforce; leveraging Maryland’s #1 nationally ranked public schools to deliver a world-class education to every student in Maryland, regardless of where they live; and building strong communities and families by providing access to affordable healthcare, modernizing infrastructure, reducing crime, and cleaning our environment.
- AFL-CIO Maryland-DC Council
- CASA in Action
- Equality Maryland
- Maryland League of Conservation Voters
- Maryland State Education Association
- Progressive Maryland and the Washington Post
Our elected endorsers include
- President William Clinton
- Governor Martin O’Malley
- Governor Parris Glendening
- U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski
- U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin
- Representative Donna Edwards,
- Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice
- Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Navarro
- Montgomery County Councilmember Hans Riemer
- Former County Councilmember Valerie Ervin
- Takoma Park Councilmember Tim Male
- Benjamin Jealous, former National President of the NAACP.
For a full list of our endorsements, please visit http://anthonybrown.com/endorsement/.
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