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 Kelly Schulz (R):
Our campaign is about opportunity and ensuring that all Marylanders have a chance to succeed. We have made a lot of progress over the past 8 years and I am the only candidate in this race who will continue to build upon the smart and pragmatic leadership of Governor Hogan. Every other candidate will take us in a completely different direction.
Safe: Without safety, nothing else matters. We will treat law enforcement like heroes and criminals like criminals. We will invest more funding to hire hundreds of new officers and ensure they receive the training and support to perform their jobs effectively. We will fight to keep repeat violent offenders behind bars and increase penalties on those who commit crimes with illegal guns.
Steady: As a mother and grandmother, I want all Maryland children to grow and prosper, that starts with a world class education. My Parental Bill of Rights will empower parents and give every single child an opportunity to succeed. We will continue to record fund schools, while also providing parents and students with more choices, like public charter and P-TECH Schools. And we’ll make sure that there’s accountability and transparency in our school systems.
Prosperous: Fighting to make Maryland more affordable is a centerpiece of our campaign. Runaway inflation and record high gas prices are causing real pain — it’s important to have a governor who understands these burdens.
The gas tax is set to increase by 18% due to legislators indexing it to inflation. The Inflation Tax hurts hardworking families and I’m the only candidate who will repeal it in my first year in office. The other candidates openly support new, massive government programs, more tax hikes, and will do nothing to make Maryland more affordable.