If you didn’t get a chance to come to my fundraiser last night, you’re in luck! We recorded my speech so you don’t have to miss out!
You can visit my website at www.welkerformaryland.com to donate online if you feel so inclined. Like I said last night, this district is huge, and I’m just a broke college student who is trying to make things better. So I rely heavily on a strong grassroots movement to fund and fuel this campaign. I rely heavily on your donations.
Laborers support our infrastructure, and those who work in trades should have our wholehearted support and commendation. Securing widespread access to trade schools is the key to ensuring all Marylanders have the chance to succeed. By investing in training programs, we can provide a way for both students and adults to learn a skill that they can earn a living on.
I plan to advocate for our trade programs by providing a path for our students to enter an apprenticeship program. If we are going to rebuild our infrastructure to be ready for a 21st century market, we will need all the laborers and trade workers we can get. It’s imperative our children are equipped with the skills they’ll need to be successful in the future.
We will fight for the unions that will represent these workers. We will protect the collective bargaining system that has done so much for our working class citizens, and we will continue to fight for their rights. By passing a Public Labor Agreement Law, we can improve our worker’s rights, and strengthen our unions. America was built by unions. Now it’s up to us to help build them.
We can work together for the growth of our local economy by rewarding the use of innovative farming technologies that reduce the carbon footprint of agricultural processes and give farmers the capacity and room they need to do what they do best. Annapolis likes to slam our farmers with burdensome regulations without actually talking to the farmers first. Farmers understand the importance of a healthy and clean environment more than anyone, so shouldn’t we be listening to their concerns?
By offering incentives to plant cover crops and build up the riparian buffers, we can make sure our environment is staying clean and safe while giving the farmers the resources they need to be successful. We can give the farmers and watermen a voice in Annapolis. We can equip our farmers with the tools to do their part in protecting the environment. After all, without a clean environment, there would be no crops to harvest. It’s time Maryland stood up for the farming community.
Why should someone’s inability to afford a hospital bill be a death sentence? No matter what their financial situation may be, every Marylander should able to access, afford, and receive quality healthcare. But pushing for a state funded universal healthcare, we can achieve this.
But healthcare is more than that. This means we will provide much needed mental healthcare. We will provide quality rehabilitation for those who have fallen victim to the opioid crisis. We will ensure every man, woman, and child can afford a visit to the doctor’s office for something as minor as the flu to as major as surgery, without having to fall behind on their other bills.
Many of our students depend on after school programs. Without them, they have nowhere to go. Today, most homes have the parent or parents working full time, and these after school programs provide an outlet for these children who would otherwise be left on their own. If we want to build a strong community, these after school programs are our ticket. We need to ensure each school district has the funding they need to keep these programs going, to not only give our kids an outlet, but to provide them with skills they’ll only learn from extracurricular activities.
But education is more than after-school activities. At its core, education is the source of all our knowledge, and is what prepares us for success as adults. Education is the foundation of our children’s potential. As our world shifts into a 21st century market, the needs for children are changing. We need to introduce vital technical skills such as coding and networking at a young age. Investing today to equip students with skills they need will give us a highly educated and qualified workforce tomorrow. It’s time we invested in our future.
Having a child is already expensive enough as it is. Adding to that, many employers do not provide nearly enough paid family leave, if at all. If we want to create a stable family environment, we need to ensure the child is being cared for during the most critical time of their life—as an infant. If we want to encourage strong family values, it starts with allowing the parent or parents to be home together when their child is born.
By having a longer paid family leave term, we not only provide a stable home for the child, we take the burden of cost off the family. Having a child has become a luxury of the wealthy, as many working class families cannot afford to take the time off work. By taking this financial burden off the parents, we are giving them more resources to invest in their family, which in the end results in more money spent in the local economy.
Our families deserve spaces to grow. By building relationships between our recreational areas and our school districts, we can get our students moving and improving our communities and themselves through service programs and other activities.