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?
Phyllis B. Fordham (R), 46, of 699 College Parkway, Rockville, is a three-term member of the Rockville City Council, who has served on the Maryland Municipal League's committees on fiscal relations between cities and counties, legislative action, liquor licensing and cable television agreements.
Industry: Economic development is my first priority. I will establish an industry labor advisory board to work with me and any members of the Montgomery County delegation who so choose to identify the best methods to encourage business expansion and job training. Programs must be worked out with both business and labor; with tax benefits tied to business expansion and measurable employment increases. Training programs should be initiated by the state, but administered by labor and industry, again working with local governments. I will introduce a bill to establish a State Public Entrepreneur who will sell Maryland to new industry, again working with local governments to ascertain needs and benefits that they can provide, as well as to determine the kind of business they most wish to attract.
Reaganomics: Favor -- control of federal expenditures and national debt. However, I would make cuts to programs across the board including the defense budget. While not ignoring the need for a strong defense, I favor domestic programs that create jobs, such as capital project funding (roads, sewers, etc.) and will ultimately lead to increased tax revenues from an employed population. I favor loan guarantees and interest write downs to corporations that can show a direct and needed expansion of employment opportunities.
Crime: Establish mandatory sentences for violent crimes and crimes committed with a weapon. Further create a system of retributive justice so that criminals will repay thier victims for some of the damage done to them. We obviously need additional judges and penal institutions for incarcaration of second offenders. Most importantly, establishing service-related programs for first offenders, and programs with work or work-training while keeping a first offender in the community as much as possible. The dispensing of suspended sentences must be halted, so that first offenders understand that they will be held accountable for their crimes.
William J. Skinner (R), 43, of 9001 Wandering Trail Dr., Potomac, is an attorney who also trained as a pharmacist. He formerly headed the Federal Bar Association's health and welfare committee and is a member of several anti-drug abuse organizations, is a Scout Leader and is activein his church.
Industry: Tax incentives must be created to move jobs into Maryland or to create new jobs- eliminate certain business property taxes, reduce business income taxes and simplify tax reporting. Maryland's natural resources and cultural and educational opportunities must be positively promoted and business leaders must be made to feel welcome. A variety of new jobs will help the unemployed.
Reaganonics: I support reduced taxes; I oppose increasing spending for so-called entitlement programs, which increase by geometric proportions; I favor returning welfare programs to the states; I favor a strong military.
Crime: I favor mandatory sentencing for certain crimes, such as selling drugs and paraphernalia to underaged children and for robbery of drugs from pharmacists; Maryland's District Court judges need to have a method of imposing uniform penalties for traffic offenses, perhaps by a new appellate-level court whose decisions all district judges would be required to follow.