QUESTION: What role should the comptroller play in ensuring Maryland's economic health?

DEMOCRAT

Vote for one:

Kenneth N. Frederick

Louis L. Goldstein Kenneth Frederick 6537 Hilltop Ave., Baltimore Age: 58

Mechanical contractor, self-employed; veteran, Korean War; widower; two children; six grandchildren; self-taught in field of law; brought class action against the state in federal court regarding the savings and loan crisis; business and accounting experience; retired.

A. The comptroller must be well-informed on budget matters for the state, as well as on proposed legislation involving future expenditures. He must stay within the guidelines in awarding contracts so as not to give an appearance of impropriety and self-serving benefits. The comptroller should also use good judgment and caution in the way he invests monies entrusted to him. The comptroller must always abide by the U.S. Constitution as well as the Maryland Constitution. In that, he serves the will of the people and not just special interest persons or groups. He must maintain and give his full cooperation to all who are responsible for running the state in the most efficient way deemed by him. Louis L. Goldstein P.O. Box 1110, Prince Frederick Age: 77 Incumbent

Comptroller of Maryland, 1959-present; state senator, 1947-59; served in U.S. Marine Corps, 1942-46; House of Delegates, 1939-42; JD, University of Maryland Law School, 1938; BS, Washington College, 1935; number one financial management rating, "Financial World"; Tribute to Excellence Award, University of Maryland; Distinguished Financial Leadership Award, National Association of Government Accountants; Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for Comptroller's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report; government finance officer, U.S. and Canada; Fr. Andrew White Medal, Loyola College; Lord Baltimore Award, St. Mary's College; Presidents Medal, Mount St. Mary's College; and honorary degrees from several Maryland colleges and universities.

A. As comptroller, I will continue to maintain Maryland's reputation for outstanding financial management, fiscal accountability, and fair tax administration. This benefits Maryland's economy by attracting business and by promoting wise and responsible use of state government resources. Maryland was recently recognized as the best financially managed state and is one of only eight states to hold a triple A rating from the three major bond rating agencies. That saves taxpayers millions of dollars and has allowed the Board of Public Works, on which I serve, to maintain a state property tax rate of 21 cents per 100 dollars for 10 years. Maryland's reputation for financial accountability and our triple A bond rating are proof of our sound fiscal condition and allow the state to provide the important programs to protect the environment, provide education at all levels and programs for senior citizens, child care, affordable housing and veterans. REPUBLICAN

Vote for one:

Larry M. Epstein

Marshall W. Jones Jr. Larry M. Epstein 2104 Tufton Ridge Rd., Glyndon Age: 41

Certified public accountant and senior partner, Hertzbach, Sapperstein & Sidle; University of Maryland, graduated 1970; married 23 years; two children, ages 16 and 19; experience with international and local CPA firms; member, finance committee of Congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley; former member, board of directors of Falls Road Community Association; former member, board of directors of United Support Against Multiple Sclerosis; member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; member, Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants; areas of professional concentration include corporate and individual taxation, litigation support and computer consulting; treasurer, student government, University of Maryland.

A. The comptroller must be an advocate of the citizens. He must be an independent voice who will have close contact with the legislature in areas of fiscal management to help the legislators in developing a tax system which will be administered professionally and fairly with the least burden on the citizens. Maryland needs an individual as comptroller who can manage the increasingly complex budget needs of the state. Over the past two years, Maryland has gone from a $400 million surplus to no surplus at all. Therefore, real fiscal management is crucial and the comptroller must be a leader in developing the necessary programs to control spending and utilize our resources wisely. Increased taxation not only wastes the state's resources but impoverishes the state for the future by eroding its economic base. Marshall W. Jones Jr. 1814 N. Broadway, Baltimore Age: 58

Insurance sales, A.L. Williams; funeral home owner, Marshall W. Jones Jr. Funeral Home; member, Eating Together in Baltimore Program, 1980-81; advisory board, New Era Education, 1979-81; Community Relations Committee, Baltimore City Police Department, 1968-72; president, Model Cities "Area B" (Oliver Community), 1968-72; advisory board member, Advance Federal Savings and Loan, 1971-86; member, Eastside Community Committee, 1958-85; board of directors, Baltimore Urban League, 1958-65; president, Ninth Ward Information and Referral Center, 1964-70; member, Off-Street Parking Commission, Baltimore City, 1984-present; Board of Supervisors of Elections, Baltimore City, 1979-83, 1965-70; adviser to state director, Selective Service System, 1968-73; member, Recreation and Parks, Baltimore City, 1964.

A. The financial disparity between Baltimore City and the counties. 1. The state should finance all agencies within the city that are state-related; i.e., Board of Supervisors of Elections, State's Attorney's Office. 2. State tax structure should equalize distribution of revenue to poor subdivisions; i.e. education. 3. Lottery distribution should be returned to the subdivisions that generate the funds. 4. Enterprise zones should be established in the city with tax benefits to encourage business growth. Employment and job training would improve the tax base in the city.