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Policy Papers – 2017

2017 Policy Papers

Gateway to the Bay: Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Population

Brittany Day, Noah Jaques, Marguerite Madden, and Victor Mercogliano

The Chesapeake Bay’s oyster population today has dwindled to just 1 percent of historic levels, as overharvesting, habitat loss and disease have taken their toll. Current oyster restoration efforts such as the Marylanders Grow Oysters Program give testimony to the persistence of Marylanders to positively impact their environment. Our policy recommendations such as an environmental outreach grant, a bridge-the-gap program, and a lucrative incentive program look to build upon the success of these current efforts. The Native Americans way of life, which allowed for the environment and people to thrive cohesively, inspired our group to dedicate our efforts towards restoring the Bay. Our policy recommendations would renew that eco-friendly
management and allow Maryland to serve as the leading model for environmental salvation.

Paving the Way: Strengthening Maryland’s Rural Transportation Networks

Carrie Cook, Daniel Griffin, Olivia Healey, and Jane Lyons

Lack of connectivity to essential local amenities has led to a decrease in quality of life and health outcomes for rural residents. To alleviate these discrepancies, Maryland should enact policies which increase availability of transportation and enhance community connectivity in rural areas. After evaluating three policy alternatives, we recommend Maryland to create rural transit-oriented development designations within a half-mile of rural bus stops, giving local transit authorities the ability to acquire land to bid out for mixed-use development.

Reducing Homicide in Baltimore

Cameron Edsall, Kyle Maxey, Daniel Nicolaus, and Andrea Salizzoni

For our policy analysis we are focusing on attempting to reduce the number of homicides in Baltimore city. Our threepolicy recommendations include a revitalization of Project EXILE, a mentoring program between returning citizens and at-risk youth, and a behavioral threat assessment program in conjunction with mental health counseling for students at Baltimore City Public Schools. Of these three recommendations, the best alternative is Project EXILE as it remains the most effective in reducing violent crime throughout the city by targeting violent repeat offenders while protecting citizens of Baltimore as they become actively engaged in the fight against senseless violence.

Mending Broken Trust: Utilizing Community Policing in Maryland

Mohamed El-Zein, Thomas Mathews, and Yamilex Peña

Over the past few years, the nation as a whole has witnessed the death of many innocent people under police custody, which has generated a plethora of conversations of injustice in the country. Maryland is no stranger to these conversations and outcries for justice and reconciliation. This paper examines the origins of distrust between communities and police officers, and identifies recommendations towards restoring these relationships through policies, such as, youth mentorship programs, sensitivity training, and an adoption of community policing programs. In an era of frustration and distrust, these recommendations can initiate engagement between the community and law enforcement.

Maryland’s Quest for Improving College: Accessibility & Affordability

Alex Aiosa, Ben reichard Sydney Rossetti, and Leah Rowell

Improving college accessibility and affordability has continually posed a significant challenge nationwide. In Maryland, our economy demands a highly skilled workforce – yet college costs continue to rise, making a degree increasingly expensive to acquire. This forces students to either rely on student loans or postpone their pursuit of a post-secondary education. In order to combat these obstacles, our proposal recommends protecting the funding of guidance counselors as a means to improve college accessibility, primarily for first-generation and underserved students.

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2016 Policy Papers

2015 Policy Papers

2014 Policy Papers