State of Maryland Archives: on Families & Children

Maya Cummings: Support family security in workplace

Improve supports for working families, such as retirement security, family care benefits, and paid sick leave, to reduce burdensome expenses, increase economic security, reinforce family values, and productivity.
Source: 2018 Maryland Gubernatorial website Oct 15, 2017

Arvin Vohra: Marriage isn't magic but skills can be learned

Not a single study says, marriage provides some magic, sacred, special, irreplaceable value. They just say that it provides supervision and money. Two parent families aren't magic. My advice: look at the details of successes. What we do in my business: we look at the outliers. Instead of studying parents who are kind of successful, we study parents who were shockingly, unbelievably successful. Talk, in detail, with successful parents, or talk to successful individuals about their own parents.
Source: Facebook posting on 2018 Maryland gubernatorial race Apr 4, 2017

Larry Hogan: Pass the Common Sense Paid Sick Leave Act

For the last few years, there has been a great deal of discussion and debate in these chambers around the issue of sick leave in Maryland. Employees without this benefit are sometimes faced with hard choices about their health and welfare, like whether to risk showing up to work sick or not receiving a paycheck. Let's strike a compromise, considering the needs of Maryland employees while not hurting our small business job creators.

Let's work together to pass the Common Sense Paid Sick Leave Act of 2017, which requires larger companies to provide paid sick leave and encourages small businesses to offer paid sick leave by giving them tax incentives to offset the costs of providing those additional benefits. In this way, we can provide even more employees the benefit without hurting the small business owners and without causing the loss of jobs.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Maryland Legislature Feb 1, 2017

Kathy Szeliga: Encourage flexibility so employees can be good parents

Q: Should the federal government require paid sick time or family leave?

Szeliga: As a woman and a mom, I understand how it can be difficult to balance work and family responsibilities. I believe we should do more to encourage companies to provide women and men the flexibility they need to be good parents.

Source: Baltimore Sun Voter Guide on 2016 Maryland Senate race Sep 9, 2016

Kathy Szeliga: Voted against new birth certificates for sex changes

SB 743 Authorizes New Birth Certificates for Sex Changes
Bill Passed House (91-49); Rep. Kathy Szeliga voted Nay.
Source: VoteSmart synopsis of 2015-2016 Maryland voting records Apr 8, 2015

Jamie Raskin: Voted for new birth certificates for sex changes

SB 743 Authorizes New Birth Certificates for Sex Changes
Bill Passed House (91-49); passed Senate (31-16); Sen. Raskin voted YEA.
Source: VoteSmart synopsis of 2015-2016 Maryland legislative records Mar 21, 2015

Richard Madaleno: Voted for new birth certificates for sex changes

SB 743 Authorizes New Birth Certificates for Sex Changes
Bill Passed House (91-49); passed Senate (31-16); Sen. Madaleno voted YEA.
Source: VoteSmart synopsis of 2015-2016 Maryland legislative records Mar 21, 2015

Martin O`Malley: Cut infant mortality by 21%, after setting goal of 10%

Today in Maryland, you can go online right now, and see the 16 strategic goals we have set for our State's progress. On some of these, we've already exceeded our initial goals. On others, we're making progress. Progress requires accountability. But accountability means putting your commitment out there, for all of us to know and see, and hopefully to help drive.

One example: In 2007, one of the goals we publicly set was to drive down our infant mortality rate by 10%, by the end of 2012. A lot of people told us at the time not to make the commitment public. You see, the old way of thinking says elected officials should never set measurable goals with deadlines, because you'll be criticized if you fall short.

We chose a different path. We set real goals with specific, and more immediate, deadlines. By the way, at the end of 2012, together we had driven down Maryland's infant mortality rate--not by just 10%--but by 215. That means 164 lives saved just in 2012.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Maryland legislature Jan 23, 2014

Mary Landrieu: Supports adoption and foster care reform

Adoption and Foster Care Reform: There is nothing more important for a child than to be raised in a supporting and loving family. Unfortunately, whether it is due to war, famine, or abandonment here or overseas, too many children lack a family to call their own.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website,, “Issues” Mar 2, 2008

Corrogan Vaughn: Priority on family and marriage values

Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, Nov 6, 2006

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