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?
Ross Z. Pierpont
Industry: There are basic problems in the employment market. There are far too many unskilled and poorly trained persons in the labor force. The new industrial revolution (robotronics, computers, electronics) coupled with intense worldwide competition have placed our work force in a position of obsolescence. Our methods of sustaining individuals with welfare, food stamps, unemployment compensation, social security disability, vocational rehabilitation disability, etc., have created at least 5 million people with little incentive to work. Our productivity per dollar unit has fallen far below our competitors in the world economy. For the long range we must have a very different training ground for the job market for both the upper echelon engineers, researchers and professionals as well as technologically and service-oriented personnel. Our method of teaching and training young people must be drastically changed. They must be pointed toward their eventual goals at somewhere near the 7th-grade level. At the same time we can work in training or retraining of older individuals. Over the long haul this should pay handsome dividends in regard to a well-trained, flexible work force. I would propose a broad value-added tax to properly fund this program on a current basis to avoid further costly debt. Finally, labor and management must be persuaded to put aside their adversary relationship and sit down together to solve the productivity per dollar of man-hours work. This relates directly to the marketplace and our ability to compete worldwide.
Reaganomics: New Federalism is just such an idea whose time has not only come but is overdue. The whole U.S. can only function as well as all of its component parts. Maryland is one of these parts. As governor, I would welcome the opportunity to manage and direct the course of block grants for functions which legitimately are better controlled locally. As a case in point, the welfare program. Welfare should become workfare under state control. Welfare checks, food stamps and other support would be distributed locally under conditions requiring some effort for the public support where the individual can function.
Amend: There must be some relationship between the tax dollars expected and taken from the public and the spending expectation. Realistically, this should parallel small percentage increments up or down on a year-to-year basis, based on cost of living, inflation or deflation factors. We already have a mandated balanced budget, which is a good thing and must remain.
Crime: close examination of the grand jury system with a veiw to its removal in favor of a three-judge presentment. Better justice, faster application. A shortened period from charging of criminal to final solution of the problem. The convoluted laws, lawyers and judges are the basic problem here, and a strong effort toward retraining justice but speedier resolution is in order.
Lloyd W. Reynolds (R), 49, of 12802 Gores Mill Rd., Reistertown, a farmer and builder, is active on a Reistertown revitalization committee, Chamber of Commerce, Jaycees, Maryland Farm Bureau, Scouting, Baltimore County Republican Central Committee and Reisterstown Men's Republican Club.
Industry: I would meet with industry, labor and state officials and ask each what it will take to get industry interested in Maryland and then work toward this goal.
Reaganomics: I support all and will support modification where appropriate.
Amend: Spending, if necessary, or can't balance the budget.
Crime: I would support capital punishment and some type of work program where second offenders are easily identified by the public.