Post-Pandemic: Here’s how we help Marylanders get back on their feet

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Two years ago, Maryland began implementing important public health measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. Since then, as a state, we have shown our resiliency and our strength in the face of unprecedented hardship and the loss of over 10,000 Marylanders to this terrible disease.

Now, we can finally see the light at the end of the COVID tunnel — but we have to take bold steps to ensure a full and equitable recovery from the pandemic.

Here are four immediate actions I will take as governor:

1. Enact vaccine requirements for healthcare workers, school staff and students 16+. We need to ensure every eligible Marylander gets vaccinated and boosted, as vaccines are the single most effective tool in our arsenal to prevent the next wave of serious COVID illness and death. Vaccines are also the most effective means we have to prevent future lockdowns, which have negative effects on all aspects of life and society.

2. Address COVID-related learning loss with one-on-one tutoring for struggling students, especially in early grades. School shutdowns were extremely detrimental to student learning. By helping students in early grades achieve grade-level success, we can help thousands of Maryland students recover pandemic-related learning loss.

3. Expand high-quality job training across the state. The economy is still recovering from the pandemic, and rising inflation is hurting Maryland families. By expanding proven-effective job training solutions, like Per Scholas or Year Up, we can ensure that more Marylanders are making a living wage and that the economic recovery truly reaches everyone in the state.

4. Promote healthcare solutions that work. The transitional care model is a nurse-led program that cares for chronically ill senior citizens after they leave the hospital — ensuring patients follow discharge instructions and take their medications. Two studies found the program resulted in about a 40% reduction in rehospitalizations and average savings of $4,500 per patient.

We have a chance to put the worst of the pandemic behind us — and do it without leaving anyone behind. Let’s do what works to ensure all Marylanders share in the recovery.

Last Time and Coming Soon

ICYMI: Last week, I announced my plan to fight the climate crisis: An ambitious, systematic, regional approach to significantly cut carbon emissions in Maryland and across the region — all while maintaining robust economic growth. Click here to read my plan.

I also had the opportunity to discuss my bold approach to fight the climate crisis during last week’s Maryland Gubernatorial Climate Forums, hosted by Maryland Matters and the Maryland League of Conservation Voters.

Photo of Jon Baron speaking at a Climate Forum hosted by the University of Maryland

Click here to watch a highlight from the forum!

Upcoming Event Alert:

Frederick Burgers and Brews: Jon will be participating in the Maryland Democratic Party’s Burgers and Brews Forum in Frederick. The forum will take place on Tuesday, March 15th at 7:00pm and will be broadcast live on Facebook. Click here to RSVP.

Did You Know?

I founded and ran a non-profit organization, the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy, to assist federal, state, and local governments to #DoWhatWorks — finding and expanding policy solutions that don’t just sound good, but have been tested in the real world and shown to deliver results.

I’m proud of the work we did — especially working with the Obama administration to expand evidence-based solutions that delivered real gains in healthcare, wages, and education. Now it’s time to bring that same, evidence-based approach that I’ve spearheaded to Maryland. Join us!

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Former non-profit executive, Democratic candidate for governor of Maryland. By authority: Jon Baron for Maryland, Jessica Rich, Treasurer.

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