Growing Maryland's Economy

My parents were small business owners, and I spent a fair amount of my childhood helping out at the register or just reading a book and watching my parents run their shop.  It wasn’t easy for them.  Now, as a computer science teacher, I give kids the technical skills they need to go start businesses of their own -- perhaps business that will someday grow into something larger.  With a growing population and growing need, the only way to pay for everything our community needs is to supercharge our business sector.

As your delegate, I’ll work to...

  • Draw new large businesses by bringing state resources back to maintain our excellent public schools and to improve our transit infrastructure -- the top two things corporations look for when relocating.  Nothing draws large employers like an excellent place to live with a steady flow of highly educated potential employees.

  • Invest in Career and Technical Education and high-quality industry apprenticeships.  On top of the traditional trades, advanced manufacturing and health IT jobs are going unfilled because employers cannot find associate's-degree-level candidates.  I’ll work to fill this gap by pushing for in-demand certificate programs and industry-owned apprenticeship programs.  

  • Shear away regulations that don’t serve the public.  For example, we should look at licensed professions and conduct a cost/benefit analysis to determine whether the risks to public health and safety are worthy of a licensure procedure or whether it would better serve the public to use a certification or registration system.