Industry:Continue aggressive policy of state by increasing the budget of Department of Economic and Community Development; enhance and maintain a healthy tax and business climate for new businesses and be competitive with surrounding states; actively recruit for Maryland and study federal-state relationships of impact of economic programs from a particularly accelerated depreciation and safeharbors (decoupling); and maintain the quality of our schools and life. For the unemployed I would stress restraining; consider a new department for retraining at the state level; provide tax incentives to businesses for hiring retrained formerly unemployed persons. Reaganomics:
I am concerned about the effects of education, highway, mass transit aid and medical cuts imposing a rapid and substantial impact on state funds. There is some merit to returning certain functions to the local level provided resources are distributed with it. We should obtain a pro-rata assumption of cuts and not allow the cities to be bailed out at the expense of the suburbs. This is probably the most substantial issue requiring continuity and experience in the 1983 session in Annapolis. Crime:
Continuing support of Crime Solvers and Neighborhood Watch programs to involve communities more on an anonymous and constructive basis; increase in crime prevention program and number of police and place more on patrol; urge greater enforceability of laws on the books; add greater penalties where appropriate and support stronger rehabilitative counseling in prisons.
Industry:Through economic incentives, we should encourage existing industries to expand within the state. Through aggreive marketing and economic development, we should promote the state as an ideal place for companies to locate. Industrial revenue bonds are one mechanism that can be used. In addition, we should stimulate the creation of more small business, a cornerstone for job producing opportunities. For the long-term unemployed, we should ensure that basic benefits are available while encouraging each to seek work and guiding them to job opportunities. Reaganomics:
While we need a strong national defense to defend from exterior foes, it is a sham to allow our economy to continue to weaken us on the interior. While certainly some nondefense programs may have needed trimming, so also does the Defense Department. Through reductions there, we can move quickly towards balancing the federal budget and restoring economic health. In addition, more strenuous efforts need to be exerted with the Federal Reserve Board to bring down interest rates. While conceptually I support transferring more programs to the states, only federal programs that the state of Maryland can administer effectively should be transferred. We should only agree to assume those programs which we can manage with the resources available. We should obtain solid assurances that programs transferred to Maryland will also result in the transfer of the mechanisms to support them. Crime:
Continued efforts are necessary not only to reduce the level of crime, but also to mitigate the impact which crime has on us and our friends and neighbors. Certainly criminals should not benefit from their acts. Moreover, restitution should play a larger role. Enforcement of the laws on the books must be stronger. Targeting our law enforcement resources is key. We should promote neighborhood efforts for crime watch programs to monitor suspicious activities in our communities. Mandatory sentences for crimes committed with handguns and repeat offenders should be imposed.