Maryland Works: A 10-Point Plan To Boost Our Economy
Maryland families need an economy that works for them. Through a mix of smart investments in job training and infrastructure, decreases in personal income and business taxes, and a long-overdue increase to the minimum wage, a Mizeur administration will ensure our economy is built to grow throughout the 21st century and provide the jobs Marylanders need.
1. Give Marylanders Much Needed Tax Relief
Reinstating a millionaire's tax on the state's top-earners grants well-deserved and overdue tax relief for our middle and working class.
2. Institute a Living Wage
Maryland workers deserve wages that reflect their hard work and guarantee that anyone who works full time will not have to live in poverty.
3. Strengthen Job Training
For many of our industries, we have a skills problem and not a jobs problem. Increasing our investment in job training for low-income Marylanders will help bridge the gap between workers' skills and workforce needs, while providing another path to the middle class.
4. Provide Tax Relief to Small Businesses
As the engines of our economy, Maryland's small businesses deserve to compete on an even playing field with big business. Without reform, our corporate tax code will continue to provide large corporations the ability to avoid their tax responsibilities and gain an unfair advantage over smaller Maryland companies.
5. Make Earned Sick Leave Available to All Maryland Workers
No worker should have to choose between their health and their livelihood. Earned sick and safe leave allows Marylanders to care for their loved ones and themselves, without fear for their job security.
6. Rebuild Our Schools
Our children deserve to learn and grow in safe and healthy environments. Too many students in our schools are taught in deficient facilities as the state faces a $15 billion backlog of needed infrastructure updates. We owe it to our children and theirs to make fixing this problem a priority.
7. Grow Maryland's Innovation Economy
To be competitive throughout the 21st century, our state must take full advantage of its leading research and development assets and support its high-tech industries.
8. Invest in Maryland's Public Infrastructure
Maryland commuters should not have to deal with crushing traffic that keeps them from their jobs and families. Our time is valuable. We want good roads, and convenient and reliable public transit options. The next governor must make our road, bridge, port, airport and transit needs a top economic priority.
9. Streamline Our Regulatory System
Businesses thrive on certainty and an understanding of the rules of engagement. Our business community is entitled to a clear, swift and easy-to-navigate regulatory system.
10. Expand Sustainable Clean Energy Jobs
Maryland is well positioned to become a national leader in creating sustainable clean energy jobs. Supporting the clean energy economy protects the environment, ensures long-term economic growth, and puts Marylanders to work.