Good Jobs

Good Jobs and More Opportunities for Small Businesses

The local economy of Baltimore County is ready for a comeback. Millions of dollars have been invested in Owings Mills by Stevenson University and the Community College of Baltimore County in Owings Mills, and now old buildings are being repurposed for emerging industries. But on Main Street and Liberty Road, permamanent boarded up buildings and vacant properties are a reminder that even seven years after the national recession, times are still tough for a lot of people.

Dr. Jay understands the hard time families are having, and has identified three key areas to capitalize on the best Baltimore County has to offer:

  • Designating Our Neighborhoods as Sustainable Communities. Dr. Jay will fight for our district to be included in Maryland’s Sustainable Community program, which has recently opened up millions of state dollars for the Towson, Dundalk, Parkville and Catonsville areas. Dr. Jay knows that now is the time to capitalize on private investment in Owings Mills by building additional momentum using state funds.
  • Attracting new businesses to move into our neighborhoods. When John Reister and Samuel Owings established these communities in the 1700’s, they had an innovative vision of economic development. Dr. Jay sees our community as strategically located between the rural countryside, rich in natural resources and farmland, and the port of Baltimore. The commerce in our community has therefore created opportunities for small business, restaurants, shipping companies, and repair stations. Over 250 years later, these fundamentals still remain.

    Therefore, Dr. Jay thinks that not only should we promote our historical past, but also look towards the future by financially encouraging new businesses to settle in our highly educated, diverse, and close-knit community.

  • Raising the Minimum Wage.  Dr. Jay believes that when a community is experiencing high levels of economic inequality amongst its people, it suffers. The minimum wage has not kept up with inflation since 1968, and it is time for Maryland to raise the minimum wage to address the growing problems of poverty, hunger and homelessness in our district.