Economic Revitalization

Baltimore is a robust community with a lot of diversity and a lot of wealth. Unfortunately, that wealth is unequally distributed, and Black and brown Baltimoreans have less access to economic opportunities. After years of working class and middle income Baltimoreans subsidizing development primarily beneficial for the wealthy, with over $166 million in state funds being funneled to Inner Harbor projects, it’s time for those who have benefitted to pay their share to revitalize the communities they live in.

As governor, John will: 

  • Implement progressive tax reform so that multi-millionaires and large corporations are paying their fair share.
  • Speed up the transition to a $15 minimum wage, and then index the minimum wage to inflation. 
  • Make sure that Paid Family Leave is implemented equitably. 
  • Partner with local universities — especially HBCUs — to train the cybersecurity and life science professionals that Maryland will need to be economically competitive moving forward.  
  • Create a state bank to make economic development in Baltimore equitable.
  • Make community college and technical training programs free so that anyone can get the qualifications they need to make a living wage.
  • Build the Red Line, and invest in transit-oriented development around it so that every Baltimore community has access to economic opportunity, instead of just pouring more money into the Inner Harbor.
  • Address food insecurity and eliminate food deserts by investing in bringing more affordable grocery options – including food co-ops – to every part of the city. 
  • Revitalize State Center with a mixed-use redevelopment plan centered around walkability and public transit and putting priority on using minority-owned contractors and small businesses in the redevelopment process.
  • Invest in local arts spaces featuring local Baltimore artists as part of economic development efforts throughout the city.
  • Invest in Main Street and neighborhood development, supporting community economic development organizations so residents can help guide the development of the neighborhoods they live in.