- Investing in the core capacity of the existing Metro system (though not necessarily its further expansion);
- Major new multi-modal investments to widen and redesign several highway corridors, including I-270, the Capital Beltway, portions of I-66, and the American Legion Bridge, adding new express-toll lanes and regional bus-rapid-transit service on each; and
- Virginia's Bi-County Parkway, a new Potomac River bridge crossing north of the American Legion Bridge, and two new transit lines in Maryland, the Purple Line and Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT).
There are differences in how polls are conducted that can help explain differences in poll results. Our Maryland pre-primary polls employ a voter file-based methodology. To be eligible to participate in the poll, a voter must be listed on the official statewide database of registered voters and have a code that indicates he or she voted in one of the past two primaries for which they were eligible, or registered to vote since the last election. A random sample of this database is matched with both landline and wireless telephone numbers and called. Voters are screened to assess their intention to vote in the upcoming primary, and those rating their likelihood as 6 or higher on a 10-point scale are included in the survey sample.
Unlike many other states, Maryland has a closed, partisan primary system. Our polling method does the best job of identifying and interviewing voters who will likely vote in a low-turnout closed primary system like this. The weakness of our method is that it can under-represent a surge in first-time or infrequent voters – a possibility that is lessened by the closed nature of Maryland’s primaries. The strength of this method is that we can be very sure the voters we are interviewing are truly likely to vote in the upcoming election.
The updated Watershed Agreement, signed by the six Bay states, District of Columbia, and Federal Government in 2014, for the first time includes a goal for Citizen Stewardship. The signatories to the Agreement understand that the health of our waters requires much more than regulatory action, legislation, or large capital projects. For a healthy Bay, we need the individual participation of the 17 million residents who live within the drainage area of the Chesapeake.
Each resident is a steward of his on her own actions – at home, in our own yards, at work and school, as we move around our neighborhoods and towns, and beyond. Small actions by each of us will add up to much healthier waters, leading to safer places for our kids and pets to swim; local fish, crabs, oysters, and clams that are much safer to eat; and a Bay that returns to a healthier condition that some can remember from decades ago.
Once developed, this Index will be a public instrument that will keep everyone informed of progress towards the Citizen Stewardship Goal:
Increase the number and the diversity of local citizen stewards and local governments that actively support and carry out the conservation and restoration activities that achieve healthy local streams, rivers and a vibrant Chesapeake Bay.