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Elizabeth Embry releases plans to improve transit, reform city ethics

Elizabeth Embry's first TV ad for mayor
Elizabeth Embry's first TV ad for mayor (Screengrab from ad)

Mayoral candidate Elizabeth Embry this week released plans to improve city transportation issues and push ethics reform.

On transit, Embry pledged to "build a comprehensive public transit system," that includes an East-West public transit line, expanded bus service and connections between water taxis and other forms of transportation.

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"Baltimore is a disconnected city," the plan states. "One recent study by a pair of Harvard economists found that of the 100 largest cities in the United States, Baltimore is the city where a poor child faces the worst odds of escaping poverty. The study then found that the single most important factor that determines if a particular city is one where poor children are able to emerge from poverty is commute time."

Embry also wants to launch a transit voucher program for low-income workers and expand the city's car- and bike-sharing plans.

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On ethics, Embry wants to publish a government performance scorecard and expand ethical guidelines and the city's open data program.

“For too long doing business in and with Baltimore City has operated under a cloud of suspicion because of inefficiency, corruption, and a lack of transparency," Embry said. 

In her plan, Embry cites a Baltimore Sun investigation that revealed that more than half of city officials filled out financial disclosure forms out incorrectly or not at all, and that the forms are rarely reviewed by anyone in any event.  It took 47 years for Baltimore City’s Ethics Board to issue its first annual report.

She wants to launch an independent commission to undertake a full review and reform of the city’s ethics code and Ethics Board.

lbroadwater@baltsun.com

Twitter.com/lukebroadwater

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