Maryland Matters invited the 2022 candidates for governor to answer the following question:
In 300 words or less, please share your vision for your first 100 days in office. Please include individual policy priorities and specific actions you will commit to take if you are elected.
The response from Jerome Segal (D):
Divide all Blueprint recommendations into 2 groups:
1)Social justice: closing funding gaps/free pre-k, funding formula, etc.
2) Education itself, the missions of public schools.
Full implementation of (1). Full suspension of (2).
Open a genuine conversation with Marylanders on diverse missions of our public schools. Totally abandon “world-class” conceptualization, and reliance on standardized testing as a metric of international comparisons, progress, or accountability.
– Set “love of books,” “ability to add to the beauty of the world,” “knowledge of history,” “conflict resolution” and “critical thinking” as the five fundamentals of a new plan for public education.
– Free 4-year in-state tuition.
2. Establish Division of Global Affairs
– Establish International School of Public Service and personnel sharing to help the failed, corrupt states of Central America.
– Establish Camp David Peace Center in Frederick County as Global Center for Conflict Resolution.
– Host an international conference on Global Warming and Alternative Conceptions of Development.
3. Launch: Graceful Simplicity Option
– A legal right to a job of 32 hours a week.
– “Time Liberty” law: employees after 3 years can opt for either 1/2 time or 32-hour work-week.
– Zero Interest Mortgages (ZIMs) for modest homes for families in the bottom 1/3.
– Progressive property taxes: 0% for low income and higher rates for McMansions.
– Negotiations with General Motors for sale in Maryland of electric vehicles under $10,000 (they sell one in China under $5,000).
– Prohibit gasoline sales at pre-tax levels above just-price: cost of production from oil well to gas pump plus 10%.
– Criminal felony for any executive to conspire to not supply gasoline to Maryland consumers at just-price levels.