Maryland is one of the wealthiest states in the US. Unfortunately, some of our state’s wealthiestresidents and most successful corporations avoid paying their fair share of taxes. Assessingluxury taxes and requiring that businesses file combined tax reports would generate revenuesand help small and local businesses compete.Would you support combined reporting and luxury taxes? Please explain briefly.
I strongly support closing the combined reporting tax loophole and restoring themillionaires’ tax, and have been a supporter and lead co-sponsor of both efforts. It isshameful that Maryland allows some of our largest corporate titans like Verizon, Pepco, andComcast to not pay a penny in corporate tax. Thousands of small businesses based here inMaryland operating with far tighter margins and without the resources to seek tax avoidancemust pay this tax every year. I introduced the Main Street Employer Tax Rebate Act in 2013to close the combined reporting loophole and use the revenue for targeted tax breaks forour local businesses. This approach levels the playing field and puts money back in thehands of small businesses, which are our proven job creators. This will be one of my toppriorities as Governor.
The juvenile justice scandal in Baltimore raises immediate concerns, and Maryland’s prison population has nearly tripled to over 22,000 since 1980. People of color are disproportionatelyarrested, convicted, and incarcerated. This is a civil rights issue.Would you advocate for legislation and policies establishing creative approaches to crime andrehabilitation--alternatives to incarceration? Please explain briefly.
Yes, I will advocate strongly for criminal justice reform and plan to make it a central piece of my campaign policy platform.To take on the issue, I want to us tackle generational problems affecting our strugglingcommunities, like improving every school; ending racial bias within the criminal justicesystem; reforming drug laws that incarcerate non-violent offenders; offering better access tore-entry and workforce programs; expanding more afterschool opportunities; endingrestrictions on voting for ex-offenders; and improving access to jobs and housing.
In 2013, the General Assembly passed a law providing for same day voter registration, but onlyduring the early voting period. The State Administrator of the Board of Elections objected to providing same day registration on Election Day itself, when the vast majority of votes are cast,claiming that it was not feasible. Do you support expanding same day voter registration toElection Day, and if so, what steps would you take to see it become law?
Protecting the right to vote is one of the most sacred duties we have, and I take the act of voting very seriously. On my 18
birthday, I requested an excused absence from school so Icould register to vote. As a legislator, I was a strong advocate for adoption of early voting,expanding our early voting sites, and same-day registration during early voting, and believewe should act immediately to expand same-day registration to Election Day. As Governor, Iwill use the power of the office to win its passage, regardless of the support or opposition of the State Administrator of the Board of Elections.
Do you support enacting state campaign finance reforms and laws that curtail corporateinfluence on elections, and laws that enable voluntary public financing of campaigns for stateoffice in a manner that would allow candidates to receive funding after demonstrating