Addressing the needs of 21st century families.
Over 60% of families have two parents working, but childcare in Maryland costs more than college. Seventy percent of mothers with children under 18 are working, but America is one of a handful of countries with no guaranteed paid family leave. Where the federal government is failing, Maryland can lead. I will make it my priority to make universal paid family leave a reality in Maryland. In addition to fighting to make college more affordable, I will work to make childcare more affordable, including implementing universal pre-kindergarten. One of the first things we must do to make housing, child care and college more affordable is increase the minimum wage – nobody working 40 hours a week should have to live in poverty. When we invest in Maryland families, we invest in our future.