The Ian Schlakman & Rev Annie Chambers Green Party Team Present:
The #AbolishPoverty Platform for Maryland
- These Policies will Permanently End Poverty in Maryland in One Generation -
Universal Basic Income Guarantee
We believe every Marylander has the right to live with dignity, and in the 21st Century this means providing every one with the income they need to support their basic needs for shelter, food, and other necessities. We will provide every Maryland resident with a monthly payment, regardless of their age, ability, or employment status. We believe this is is most effective way to eliminate poverty and help everyone become a thriving member of their community and local economy.
Maryland-Wide Jobs Guarantee
Universal Single Payer Healthcare
Health care is a human right. Our current health care system does not provide care for everyone, it only mandates public participation in the profit-driven insurance industry. We will work to create a system - like most developed nations already have - in which Marylanders trade their tax dollars for access to high-quality health care for both preventative and emergency care. We will remove barriers to accessing care under existing programs like Medicare and Medicaid and create new programs that cover every Marylander, as we continue our work to make sure every Americans has access to the care they need.
Campaign Finance Reform and Public Financing for All Elections
Anyone should be able to run and have a fair shot at winning our elections. Yet Maryland has some of the laxest rules in the nation for campaign donations, making it extremely difficult for third parties, working class and independents to challenge the corporate-dominated Democrats and Republicans in elections. Money truly dominates our system - from the White House all the way down to local governments. In order to get money out of politics, we will provide public financing for all elections across the state. By leveling the playing field we can ensure elections will be about the parties and candidates who best serve the interests of working people.
A Maryland Public Bank to Invest in Our Future
Private sector banks and financial institutions have not served the public interest. Instead, we are subjected to financial crises, housing foreclosures, and worsening racial inequality through racist lending practices. A publicly-financed state bank would protect our communities from predatory finance while providing a sustainable lending system aimed at building community wealth rather than exploiting it through hidden fees and high interest rates. Revenue collected by the public bank would be reinvested in Maryland and used to fund public services. Main Street, not Wall Street!
Reverse Public Housing Privatization
The Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, which started under Obama and continues under Trump, has handed public housing over to developers with no strings attached. Decades of chronic under-funding by Congress has decimated our public housing stock. Working and middle-class people need an alternative to skyrocketing rents and the unaffordable real estate market. We will take back these properties and provide affordable housing for our cities and suburbs. Housing is a human right!
Maryland is Full of Millionaires - Raise Their Income Taxes!
Maryland has the most millionaires per capita of any state - 1 in 12 households. But when it comes to taxes, the rich hardly pay their fair share. The bottom 80% of households pay a larger share of their yearly income in taxes than the top 5%. We can reverse the widening income inequality in our state by raising income taxes on the wealthiest residents and using the revenue to fund public services, rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, and invest in communities.
Free Public College and Student Debt Forgiveness
Total outstanding student loan debt in our state stands at over $30 billion. College students are graduating in massive debt and enter the job market with deep economic insecurity. Studies show that student debt hurts our economy by leaving students unable to invest in homes, start small businesses, or pay for goods and services. We need to provide tuition-free public higher education and forgive all outstanding student debts. Once liberated from debt, tens of thousands of people will have more disposable income available to invest in their future and spend in our economy.
Small Business & Reparations approach to Legalized Cannabis
Additional Important Policies we Support
Gun Control Statement: No Weapons of Mass Destruction
The basic right of an individual to safely possess a firearm is important, but licensing must be emphasized to prove that ownership is being treated seriously. The right to own a gun should be forfeited by individuals with a violent felony conviction (particularly domestic violence) or a serious, untreated mental health issue that presents a danger to self or others. Guns must not be bought or traded in secret or without explicit traceability. Initial and continuing safety courses must be mandatory. We must acknowledge that the right to possess a weapon for self-defense does not include so-called "assault-style" rifles, large-capacity magazines, and weapons that have been modified for excessive firing speed or power. Marylander's must be allowed to protect themselves and their families, but no individual or organization should own weapons of mass destruction.
Our Commitment to Living with Dignity Includes Dying with Dignity
Marylander's deserve the right to live and die with dignity. Respect for individual dignity must conclude with the right to die with dignity in a humane and painless manner at the time of an individual's choosing. We support the right of Marylander's suffering from painful fatal conditions to voluntarily end their own lives with the support of a physician. Several states and DC have "death with dignity" laws in effect and can serve as a model for effective legislation for Maryland. Our commitment to helping Marylander's live with dignity must conclude with the right to die with dignity when necessary.
True Environmental Leadership & Fighting Big Polluters Statewide
We believe the extractive fossil fuel economy is the top cause of environmental destruction and the climate crisis. That is why we advocate an urgent shift to a 100% clean and renewable energy infrastructure for Maryland. We will fight to maintain the ban on fracking in Maryland and work to ban offshore gas and oil drilling, incinerators, coal fire plants and deforestation. While we support rewarding individual conservation efforts by increasing tax credits for home solar projects and electric vehicles, we believe corporate pollution is a much larger problem. This is why we will crack down harshly on corporate polluters, including revoking the corporate charters of companies with a history of unaddressed environmental destruction.