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?
Amend: Should the state amend its constitution to limit taxes or spending?
Crime: What proposals would you support to address the crime problem?
Tommie Broadwater Jr. (D) (Incumbent), 40, of 3309 Hayes St., Glenarden, is a businessman and a bail bondsman who is serving his second term in the state Senate. He is a member of the budget, rules and transportation committees, the Governor's Commission of Juvenile Justice and the Legislative B
Industry: During my two years in office, I have supported and will continue to support legislation that attracts new industry and relocation of business into the State of Maryland, thereby creating new employment opportunities. For instance, support of funding of the Metro in Prince George's and Montgomery counties has provided my legislative district with four Metro stops, each of which is surrounded by industrial complexes, which are continuing to expand with new industry. I have and will continue to support funding of job training and retraining programs that Provide our unemployed and underemployed with skills required to become wage earners.
Reaganomics: I am opposed to most of the Reagan economic Programs, including the New Federalism concept. I oppose the increase in military spending, cuts in Social Security, welfare, health, housing and transportation programs.
Amend: No. The constitution requires that our state must have a balanced budget. Our executive branch needs the flexibility to adjust to meet the needs of funding and services as they change each fiscal year.
Crime: The crime problem can be addressed by increasing police and public safety officers; legislating stiffer sentences for certain crimes; hiring additional judges to dissolve the backlogs, additional facilities to house inmates; and funding of job training and rehabilitation programs. Encouragement of more citizen involvement in Neighborhood Watch, Operation Identification and preventive programs.
Robert L. Williams (D), 40, of 3905 92nd Ave., Landover, is a junior high assistant principal in the D.C. school system. He is a board member of the United Community Against Poverty, has been active in the Capital Centre-Landover Kiwanis and has won leadership awards from several local civic groups.
Industry: Jobs have to be created in the private sector and the greatest employer should be in construction. We need reservoirs on farm lands to contain water during the rainy season. We need workers to clean up the pollution of the land, the sea and the air. Those companies that cause the pollution will hire the workers to clean up the mess. We need teachers and aides in nurseries so that the employable can work instead of getting welfare. The armed services would take everyone for four to five years. Many jobs should be created in the small business sector.
Amend: The state should amend TRIM and put into place something like Proposition 13, which has been successful in the State of California.
Crime: It shows that given a chance, people with larceny in their hearts are in every strata of our society, and although street crimes get the most publicity, white-collar crime accounts for $40 billion. If these white-collar criminals and the beneficiaries of their activities were to make restitution to their victims, you'd see a dramatic drop in this type of crime. Plea bargaining would be a thing of the past if the offender had to make restitution. This would let the criminal know how hard it is to make and save a buck.