Baltimore is ranked second to last in upward mobility out of all major American cities.[1,2]


That means that someone who is born into poverty in Baltimore is extremely likely to stay impoverished for his or her entire life. The Maryland state government must ensure that every resident has a pathway to the middle-class, no matter where they live.


What Baltimore needs is a roadmap to upward mobility: a series of aggressive policies that, if funded on the state and city levels and enacted with the help of community leaders and stakeholders, can build wealth and prosperity for Baltimore families.


Our roadmap to upward mobility begins with our youth: we all do better when our schools do better. When we fund our school system, invest in highly-trained and effective teachers, and develop a robust and multi-faceted curriculum, we create a ripple effect across our city that will impact the next generation of families in Baltimore.


When our schools do better, students are better prepared for college and the workforce. Our graduates are hired for well-paying jobs and have the resources to transform their neighborhoods into strong communities. When more people are employed, and more people are part of an economy that works for them, crime goes down.


When our schools do better, we revitalize industry in Baltimore, and turn Baltimore into a place where companies from around the globe come to hire highly-educated, technically-savvy candidates and local entrepreneurs successfully create new businesses that hire new workers.


When our schools do better, students become active and engaged citizens who are part of solving the problems that our city presents.


Our roadmap to upward mobility starts with education, but it certainly doesn’t end there. Upward mobility can only be achieved by working at all levels of the government to ensure:

  • Neighborhoods that are free of crime and safeguarded by a well-trained, best-in-class police force;

  • A job-ready workforce with people who are ready to fill the jobs of tomorrow;

  • A reliable transportation system that helps people get to work efficiently and cost-effectively, regardless of where they live;

  • Affordable housing in clean, safe neighborhoods driven by significant government investment;

  • Beautiful and revenue-generating public spaces, like Pimlico, that give back to the city;

  • Affordable healthcare that doesn’t lead to financial ruin in cases of unavoidable illness;

  • A dedication to combating the causes and negative effects of climate change and pollution in the Chesapeake Bay region;  

  • A guarantee that seniors are able to retire and stay active in financial and physical comfort;

  • Veterans who are provided the path into the middle class that they were promised for their service;

  • A compassionate immigration policy that keeps immigrants in Maryland helping our economy grow.

This ambitious roadmap can only be driven by a government that provides hardworking, accountable, and transparent representation to the people of Baltimore and Maryland.

Our roadmap is designed using best practices from other American and global cities, studies done through rigorous research, and, most importantly, by listening to the needs and ideas of the people of the 41st district.

1 Chetty, Raj, and Nathaniel Hendren. The Impacts of Neighborhoods on Intergenerational Mobility II: County-Level Estimates. The Equality of Opportunity Project. December 2017, Table IV.

2 “The Best and Worst Places to Grow Up: How Your Area Compares.” The Upshot, The New York Times. May 4, 2015.

Authority: Friends of J.D. Merrill, Josh K. Russakis, Treasurer.

P.O. Box 5685, Baltimore, MD 21210