Candidates for state Senate and House of Delegates were asked the following questions by The Washington Post:
Industry: What plans do you have to attract new industry to the state and to help those now unemployed?
Reaganomics: What parts of the Reagan economic program do you support or oppose?
Phillip E. Goodall (R), 43, of 13990 Wainwright Rd., Highland, is an automotive teacher at Sherwood High School. Previously, he taught at Richard Montgomery High School, owned two service stations and was a sales representative for Shell Oil Co. He is a member of professional associations and Clarksville Lions.
Industry: To reduce unemployment throughout the state, increased economic growth and development is essential. Many people who are now unemployed will have to be trained for other occupations, and other types of work areas will have to be opened up for these people. Both the state government and the business sector will have to work closely to find a resolution for the unemployment problem.
Reaganomics: I believe a balanced federal budget is needed to lower interest rates and end the current economic recession. However, the cutback of federal money to the state is going to require realistic and responsible budget decisions. Those programs mandated by federal government, which were funded by federal monies that have now been cut, should be revised or the financial assistance restored. It is impractical to force the states or local school systems to finance these mandates. Because of the reduction of federal monies, each state budget item will have to be evaluated individually and only those worthwhile kept. Some counties may opt to provide some programs that the state will no longer be able to supply.
Crime: Alternative sentencing would allow greater selectivity in sending persons to prison and provide greater space for hardened criminals. More prisons will have to be built. Greater assistance should be given to the quick prosecution of criminals as well as reforming various procedures and technical aspects of the judicial process. The approach to juvenile crime must be transformed into a deterrent rather than a mockery of our criminal justice system. Alternative sentencing, visits to prisons and other learning experiences, greater parental responsibility and trying of juveniles as adults may have to be further implemented to circumvent the continued problem of juvenile crime.
William S. Hebb (R), of 5192 Hob Hill Way, Clarksville. The candidate did not respond to The Washington Post questionnaire.
Robert H. Kittleman (R), 56, of 3105 W. Ivory Rd., West Friendship, is an engineering manager for Westinghouse. He has been active with the Howard County Citizens and Allview Civic associations, PTA, Howard County Republican Club and Howard County Republican Central Committee.
Industry: Maryland has not been doing well in attracting new industry. Companies must perceive the state as "friendly to industry" and competitive in taxes. Zoning in desirable areas must be available, red tape must be reduced to a minimum and the state must have a reputation for fair enforcement of labor laws. One way to both attract industry and help those now unemployed is to provide training programs similar to that done in South Carolina, Oklahoma and several other states. These states provide training for specific jobs in any new industry. They have been able to do this for a tiny fraction of the cost incurred by CETA for job training. Industry gets employees who know what they will be doing and who have demonstrated competence for the specific job. This reduces turnover and increases productivity.
Reaganomics: In general, I support the Reagan economic program. The rapidly increasing federal spending must be stopped, and the federal deficits must be reduced. This must be done if we want to avoid runaway inflation and the destruction of our free enterprise system. I support the Reagan New Federalism concept of pushing as many Programs as possible to the state and local levels. Government works best when it is close to the people. But when these programs are passed down, the funding or source of taxation for these programs should be able to start the programs at the present funding levels. I also support deregulation and the concept of reducing subsidies and government control of the economy.
Crime: The crime problem is complex and goes to the roots of our society. There is no panacea, but there are some things we can do. Our juvenile justice system in Maryland is a disaster. Many juveniles are arrested 20 or 30 times and are never sent to a training (reform) school because most judges feel that these schools are unsafe. We must provide good training schools with adequate supervision and discipline, then judges could commit juveniles in good conscience. Juveniles would be disciplined and perhaps would become productive citizens of our society. Programs involving citizens watching out for each other seem to be working in many areas. These types of programs could be expanded.
John Vandenberge (R), 46, of 3934 St. Johns La., Elliocott City, is a dentist. He has served as a board member of the American Dental Society of Anaesthesiology Inc. and has been president of its Maryland state affiliate. He is host of "The Choice" program on Howard County cable TV.
Industry: 1) I favor less government; costs less in taxes, leaves more money for industry. 2) Propose business tax reductions as incentives. 3) Promote private enterprise's training centers for apprenticeships and up-to-date vocational training. 4) An increase of business and private industry increases employment.
Reaganomics: I support less government, less taxes, debt reduction and debt payment, local control, more private involvement. I don't support tax increases.
Crime: 1) Lower juvenile age to 16. 2) Stronger deterrents. 3) Speedier trails. 4) Make parents responsible for acts of their children. 5) Separate jury duty from voter registration.