Our goal should be a single-payer healthcare system in Maryland. The existing healthcare structure of the state has the potential to make this a reality. While we work towards this goal, we need to act a as stopgap to the current administration's drive to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Maryland needs to enact its own individual mandate and provide a public option to the current healthcare exchange.
We must make our healthcare system more affordable. Premiums and prescription drug prices are skyrocketing out of control and must be reined in. People should not have to choose between putting food on the table and purchasing their medication.
Structured early childhood education is one of the greatest tools we have to close the achievement gap. We need to implement universal pre-kindergarten education so that Maryland students develop the skills necessary for the 21st century.
Student Loan Debt
Student loan debt is crippling our economy and making upward social mobility difficult to impossible for many middle-class families. I am open to exploring legislation that would provide free community college for in-state students. In conjunction, I also support establishing a state public service loan forgiveness program that would provide relief to graduates who commit to public service for a set period.
Our State's National Treasures
Maryland is rich in environmental beauty and resources and is a treasure for all to enjoy. From the Chesapeake Bay, to the Agricultural Reserve, to the mountains of Western Maryland, we must remain committed to protecting our natural resources for future generations to enjoy and cherish.
EPA Standards & Renewable Energy
We must remain steadfast in our commitment to protecting our state from the dangerous and shortsighted environmental policies of the current administration. That is why we must maintain the Obama Administration EPA standards for coal power plants, clean water, and clean air. In addition, I support increasing Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to 50% by 2030 and creating tax incentives for companies to invest in and grow their green footprint. Through these measures, Maryland can remain a leader in environmental protection.
Our major roads are overcrowded, and our public transportation systems are failing. We need a comprehensive solution to address our crumbling infrastructure. A multimodal approach-- including road, rail, and bus transit expansion-- would address the varying transportation needs of residents across the district and increase transportation capacity along I-270.
Since opening in 1976, Metro has lacked a dedicated source of funding. As a result, accidents, safety lapses, and delays have become more commonplace as aging systems fail and the population in the DC Metro Area grows. Maryland, Virginia, and DC must come together in conjunction with the federal government to establish dedicated funding for this vital service.
Midcounty Highway (M83)
I support the construction of the Midcounty Highway (M83) as a part of a multimodal approach to our infrastructure challenges. M83 was first included in Montgomery County’s Master Plan of Highways in the 1960s-- well before Clarksburg experienced large-scale development. With the explosion of development in Upcounty, it is more important now than ever that we alleviate congestion along the Midcounty Corridor in order to reduce commute times and foster retail and business development.
Public financing of elections levels the playing field and allows candidates without access to money or wealthy donors the opportunity to compete on a grassroots level and add to the political discussion. That is why I support establishing a public financing system for Maryland State Senate and Delegate races to help get big money out of politics.
Voters should choose their representatives-- not the other way around. Maryland needs to implement an independent redistricting commission to take the politics out of the equation.
Gun Safety Reform
Common Sense Laws
Maryland has a legacy of thoughtful and effective gun safety legislation, but there is more work to be done. We are in the midst of a national conversation about public safety, and Maryland cannot be left behind. From concerts to schools to nightclubs to churches, we can and must do more to protect our citizens.
The General Assembly passed Shade’s Law in 2018, in memory of Shade Adebayo of Germantown, who was killed with a replica antique gun by a convicted sex offender. No felons should have access to weapons, but this offender purchased the weapon with a loophole that did not regulate the sales of antique guns. I will fight to close such loopholes that allow criminals to obtain deadly weapons at gun shows, through online sales and other means of purchase.
I fully support the legalization of recreational marijuana in Maryland. The handful of states who have legalized have experienced increased revenues which have supported improvements in education and infrastructure. With that in mind, I believe that a practiced approach to big policy changes gives our state the best chance for success.
The roll out of Maryland’s medical marijuana program has been mired by several problems including countless delays, controversies surrounding licensure for growers and processors, and a lack of consultation and coordination with county and local governments in regards to zoning regulations. In order to establish new marijuana policy, we must understand these challenges and make sure we improve the existing medical marijuana legislation to address these issues.