It’s time for fundamental change in Maryland
Reaffirming my New Year’s resolution.
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In January, I proposed my New Year’s resolution for Maryland — listing 22 evidence-based solutions that I plan to implement when I’m elected governor. Unlike other New Year’s resolutions, we can’t afford to give up on this one.
Wages for low and moderate-income Marylanders have been stagnant for 40 years. Our poverty rate of 9% is exactly what it was in 1995. More than ¼ of Maryland middle school students can’t read at a basic level, and more than ⅓ can’t do basic math — numbers that are no different than they were 20 years ago.
Here’s the bottom line: If we keep doing what we’ve been doing — rolling out one unproven government program after another — we’ll look back 20 years from now and nothing will have changed. It’s time to do something fundamentally different: investing in bold policies that have been tested in the real world and shown to deliver results.
We don’t have the luxury of giving up on our New Year’s resolution. Thankfully, there is actionable evidence we can use immediately to start solving these problems.
Here’s what the evidence tells us:
- Creating a statewide tutoring corps is the best way to recover COVID-related learning loss and get struggling students back to grade level early, before their problems get more severe in later grades.
- Offering “Learning Accounts” to low-income 10th graders — providing up to $10,000 in financial aid for college if they do well in high school — has been shown to increase high school and college graduation rates by a remarkable 7 percentage points.
- Partnering with businesses to offer high-quality job training in fast growing industries like IT and healthcare has been shown to raise earnings by as much as 40%.
- Pairing Black barber shops with local pharmacists — so that when men come in to get their haircut, they also get screened for high blood pressure — has been shown to reduce the rate of uncontrolled high blood pressure (a leading killer among Black men) by more than half.
I made my New Year’s resolution. And, you know what, I’m sticking to it. Let’s do what works!
Last time and Coming Soon
ICYMI: Our First Newsletter: On January 31st, we sent out our first newsletter. If you didn’t get a chance to read the newsletter and our Agenda for Black Marylanders, Click Here.
NAACP Forum: Jon will be participating in the Black Men Gubernatorial Candidate Forum, hosted by the Maryland State Conference of the NAACP. The forum will take place on Sunday, February 20th at 2:00PM and will be broadcast live on Facebook.
Black History Month Forum: Jon will be participating in the Black History Month Governor Candidates Forum, hosted by Black Ministers Conference of Montgomery County. The forum will take place on Saturday, February 26 at 7:00PM and will be broadcast live on Zoom.
Did You Know?
I have been married to my wife Jessica for 26 years, and together we raised two terrific sons, Nathan and Nick. On this Valentine’s Day, I’m thankful to have such a wonderful partner in my life. Click our here to hear our favorite song!