Candidates 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?
Robert A. Pascal
Industry: Establish aggressive economic development program to use industrial revenue bonds and all possible incentives, including tax incentives, to encourage expansion of existing business; keep jobs from leaving Maryland and bring new business into the state. A similar program in Anne Arundel has created more than 8,000 new jobs and kept nearly 6,000 from leaving. I oppose efforts to decouple federal business tax breaks from the state tax structure. I will organize and expand the state's job training program to provide the greatest number of training opportunities at the lowest cost by using existing facilities and resources already in place. The program will include retraining of the displaced worker. The curriculum in our secondary schools and higher education system must be changed to provide more high technology training to meet the job needs of the coming decades.
Reaganomics: I oppose all federal cuts which deprive the poor, disadvantaged and handicapped of vital human needed services. It should be emphasized that cuts in services and assistance to the working poor will serve only to force these people onto the welfare rolls. Counterproductive cuts create costlier problems than they appear to eliminate. For example, reduced federal funding for the special supplemental food program for women, infants and children (WIC) is a counterproductive cut. It is estimated that up to $3 in hospital costs are saved for every $1 spent on the prenatal component of WIC. I am in support of the Reagan plan to establish Urban Enterprise Zones to revive blighted urban areas and create jobs.
Amend: No. I believe that prudent management and a wise choice of spending priorities is the key to controlling government growth and spending. Anne Arundel County has teh second lowest property tax rate in the state's metropolitan areas, while providing county employees with annual pay increases and county residents with not only vital services, but also those services which improve their quality of life.
Crime: Crime control must begin with the juvenile offender. The juvenile justice system doesn't cope effectively with juvenile crime. Above all, we must make juveniles bear responsibility for their acts. Where possible we must rehabilitate. And where it is not possible, we must take the delinquent out of the community. As governor, I will establish statewide juvenile programs proven successful in Anne Arundel. For example, we have a juvenile restitution program to make young offenders responsible for their crimes through payment of restitution to the victim. Our career center takes the adjudicated delinquent off the street and helps him complete his high school education and learn job skills and work habits. Ninety-nine percent of the center's graduates have become employed or continued their education. Not one has been arrested for crime. The county's adolescent drug and alcohol abuse program, involving youngsters. parnets, the school and the community, is responsible for a 30 percent reduction in drug and alcohol abuse offenses.
Newton I. Steers (R), 65, of 6601 River Rd., Bethesda, a lawyer, was representative from Maryland's 8th Congressional District from 1976-78. Previously, he was a state senator, Maryland state insurance commissioner and president of investment firms.
Answers: I have consulted with my running mate, Robert A. Pascal, on questions 1-4 and our views generally coincide closely.