MARYLAND MATTERS: The First 100 Days: Maryland Candidates for Governor Lay Out Early Priorities

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As candidates for governor continue to wind their way along the campaign trail in the final weeks before the 2022 primary elections, voters are likely to hear that they’re dedicated to many of the same principles.

For Democrats, it’s a commitment to responding to climate change and a range of other issues.  Republicans promise to rein in taxes and government spending, among other priorities.

As the primary election season unfolds, Maryland Matters is committed to illuminating the policy priorities — and policy differences — among the candidates for governor.

As one way of helping to inform voters about candidates’ policies and goals, we asked candidates to explain how they would spend their first 100 days in office, if elected.

It’s a bit unconventional, but we hope the answers will help voters understand the distinct visions and priorities of Maryland’s next potential gubernatorial administration.

Twelve of 16 candidates for governor responded, including one third-party candidate, who will be on the general election ballot in November.

Mail-in ballots for the primary campaign were recently mailed to voters. Early voting begins July 7. Primary election day is July 19.

Candidates’ answers in full are below, in alphabetical order by party. You can also read answers one-by-one on Maryland Matters’ election guide.

Democrats

Jon Baron

My first 100 days will focus on addressing longstanding problems that damage millions of lives — and we’ll bring a fundamentally different approach.

In education, more than 1/4 of Maryland middle school students can’t read at basic level — same as 20 years ago. The bottom 40% of Marylanders have seen stagnant wages since the 1980s, as income inequality has soared. Our state’s made no progress reducing poverty in over 30 years.

Fellow Marylanders, we can’t just keep doing the same thing we’ve done for decades — rolling out one unproven government program after another — and expect a different result. To make progress, we must expand solutions that have actually been tested in the real world and shown to improve lives.

Solutions like providing high-quality tutoring to every struggling first and second grader in Maryland — which has been shown to move them up toward grade level early, before their problems become serious in later grades. To do this, we’ll recruit an army of tutors from the community, including retirees and recent college graduates, to become tutors for a modest stipend as a public service.

We’ll also partner with Maryland businesses to provide effective job training to every adult who wants to advance. Done right, job training can raise earnings as much as 40% — but the key is to focus the training on fast-growing industries, and work closely with local employers who provide paid internships to trainees. Under our plan, the state pays for the training, employers pay for the internships, the economy gets skilled workers — everyone benefits.

Here’s the bottom line: If we continue on our current path, we’ll be here in another 20 years and nothing will have changed. To make progress, we have to zero-in on solutions that have actually been tested and shown effective.

Let’s do what works, Maryland!

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