And for Glendening's second term . . .

THE BALTIMORE SUN

NOTHING is given so profusely as advice," -- Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld wrote more than three centuries ago in his Moral Maxims.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening might consider that bit of wisdom as he begins his second term. This wish list is a long one -- a more than adequate challenge for the next four years.

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If the governor is serious about "smart growth," he should insist that Baltimore-area jurisdictions annually contribute a percentage of their growth in property-tax revenue to a regional funding pool that would be used to reduce property taxes or to fund significant regional projects. If smart growth is to work, the jurisdictions now competing for the same growth will have to work cooperatively. Coordinated planning would provide the framework for a successful regional economy. In the next 20 years, the area is expected to see a net population growth of 500,000. We have to look at whether taxing policies will reinforce growth or reinforce sprawl. -- Alfred W. Barry III, chairman Citizen Planning and Housing Association

Our highest priority is education, especially school construction. Also, more funding for roads and public-safety programs round out programs to enhance our quality of life. -- James N. Robey, Howard County Executive

, Construct a mini-Marshall plan for urban Maryland, offering significant matching funds for the revitalization of older communities, ranging from Baltimore and Essex to Salisbury and Cumberland. -- Ted Venetoulis, former Baltimore County executive, Lutherville

Work to keep the air clean, particularly concerning electric-power deregulation, which may encourage Marylanders to buy power from Midwestern plants that use dirty-burning sulphur coal to produce cheap power. We'll end up breathing the results of what was truly no bargain. -- Judy Haxton, Laurel

Focus on children's issues, especially the Children's Gun Violence Initiative and early childhood and parent education programs. -- Anne H. Lee, president League of Women Voters, Baltimore County

"Smart growth" won't work without smart transportation moves. We need effective public transportation with the input of citizens and government. -- Dru Schmidt Perkins, executive secretary, 1000 Friends of Maryland

A $1.50 cigarette tax is necessary to help prevent children from getting hooked and to encourage current smokers to quit. It would result in immense savings to the state in health-care expenditures. -- John H. O'Hara, Bowie

Use the state surplus to improve Baltimore's public schools. At my school, we can't take textbooks home because there aren't enough for every student to have one. -- Tiffani L. Thomas, student, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute

More funding for affordable housing, health care and other holes in the social-service safety net. -- Robert V. Hess, director, Center for Poverty Solutions

The state must find a way to help the city's court system. If we're going to spend the surplus -- and not use it for tax relief -- then let's use it on a state takeover of the city's courts because there isn't money in the budget for such a takeover. After all, public safety and the court system are the most crucial needs for the city. The court system is so backlogged that we've reached a crisis point, with accused murders going free because they didn't get speedy trials. Let's cut down on the number of trial postponements and get everybody working together on the same page. -- David Blumberg, former chairman, Baltimore Republican Party

Expand the Community Court for nonviolent offenders, where criminal justice and social service efforts are combined. -- Lawrence A. Bell III, Baltimore City Council president

Our priority is our $36.9 million request for school construction funds that's needed to renovate aging schools in older neighborhoods. These schools must be repaired and modernized for the sake of the students and to ensure that our older communities continue to attract residents. Fixing the schools supports the governor's "smart growth" program, too. -- Dutch Ruppersberger, Baltimore County executive

Help Baltimore fight crime. I'd like to see a zero-tolerance policing policy instituted throughout the state, especially in Baltimore. -- the Rev. Edward G. Robinson, president, Agape House, West Baltimore

Direct the State Highway Administration to study the InterCounty Connector proposal that is supposed to link Gaithersburg, Rockville and northern Montgomery County to Prince George's and the southern tier of the Baltimore region. The SHA needs to see if the ICC can be built in an environmentally sensitive way. -- Gerald R. Cichy, Rockville

Overhaul the small business loan program so more loans go to deserving businesses. -- James Crockett, owner, Crockett Realty

Provide an arts program for every Baltimore school. We know that art helps to discipline a person. . . . I think the results would be tremendous. -- Jokulo Cooper, director, Intercultural Museum Art Gallery, Baltimore

The state surplus should be used to provide more after-school programs. With more funds for these programs, we could concentrate on truancy reduction and improving reading and math skills. -- Maceo Hallmon, chairman, Maryland Association of Youth Service Bureaus

Make sure every blind child who wants to learn Braille has the opportunity; that's the law in Maryland, but often that doesn't happen because school districts don't put enough emphasis on getting teachers who can teach it. -- Marc Maurer, president, National Federation of the Blind, Baltimore

The governor should build on his excellent record regarding the Chesapeake Bay in three ways: First, working with Virginia to secure $10 million in federal and state funding for oyster-reef restoration with a goal of increasing the oyster population 10-fold by 2005. Second, lead bay-region governors in getting poultry companies to pay to clean up water polluted by their operations, and prevent such costs from being passed on to farmers. Third, establish an underwater grasses "strike force" to restore 125,000 acres of grasses bay-wide by 2005. -- William C. Baker, president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Provide affordable, 24-hour-a-day child care and a public transportation system like Chicago's or Boston's, where you can get on a train and go downtown and go back home at 2 o'clock in the morning, if you like. This is something that would benefit everyone. -- Emily Thayer, executive director, Genesis Jobs, Baltimore

Put more money into long-term drug treatment. Unless we get the drug addicts treated properly, we'll never see the crime rate go down.-- Lenny Clay, owner, Lenny's House of Naturals, West Baltimore

Public schools should receive priority over all other initiatives. By providing a quality education to all children, we'll automatically impact public safety and economic development for years to come. -- Joan Pratt, Baltimore comptroller

Devote more money for highway construction and enhance the recruitment of industries to the state. -- Donald Dell, Carroll County commissioner

Increasing the supply of safe, decent and affordable housing would be an excellent legacy for the governor. In his first term, Governor Glendening cut funding to affordable rental housing programs by $13 million. A lack of affordable housing causes many people of limited means to choose between paying their rent and being able to afford food, medicine, transportation and child care. -- Becky Sherblom, executive director, Maryland Center for Community Development

Honor your campaign promise to pass a law requiring childproof guns. With a childproof gun, only the legal owner is able to fire it, reducing tragic shootings. Also, lost or stolen guns would be worthless to criminals. -- Matt Fenton IV, Lutherville

Provide adequate, equitable funding for transportation. -- Christopher B. Costello, grass-roots coordinator, Marylanders for Efficient and Safe Highways

Do nothing with the budget surplus now. We may need it in the future when the economy isn't as strong. -- John Vizzi, Baltimore

You shouldn't have to become a criminal to get free treatment for drug addiction. Put more money into long-term treatment. -- G. I. Johnson, president, Baltimore branch of the NAACP

For the sake of the estimated 7,000 families in Maryland who lost loved ones to smoking last year, the legislature should pass the $1.50 tobacco tax and put the resulting income into tobacco-use prevention programs. -- Janice Schneider, Columbia

Let's ensure these goals for our children: Build a comprehensive network of support for all families; provide substantial after-school programs; and ensure that all children can read by third grade. -- Hathaway Ferebee, director, Safe and Sound

Children should be the top priority: improve the public schools; designate part of any increase in the tobacco tax to anti-smoking education for youths; support "childproof" handguns. -- Jeanne M. Ruddock, Baldwin

Let all state retirees have Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurance. State retirees who live in some parts of Maryland are forced to use a health maintenance organization. I had to sell my home on the Eastern Shore and move to get Blue Cross and Blue Shield coverage. Since the costs are equal, treat all state retirees the same. -- Ida M. Poteet, Havre de Grace

Let inmates sentenced to life in prison, who eventually will be eligible for parole, participate in work-release programs. Eliminating work release was a bad idea because such prisoners generally comply with the rules and make positive contributions by helping to pay for their room and board. -- Douglas Scott Arey, inmate, Maryland Correctional Institution, Hagerstown

Let casinos operate in Maryland. Proceeds from casinos could be spent to improve education and fight crime. Instead, Marylanders are gambling in other states, boosting those economies. -- Andrew Kirby, Franklin High School student, Reisterstown

Stop the carnage on our roads. Excessive speed is the primary cause of traffic accidents. This is the solution: Reduce the maximum highway speed to 55 from 65 mph, increase radar surveillance by the state police, increase speeding citation fines to $350 for a subsequent violation, suspend the driver's license for 30 days. -- Walter Boyd, Lutherville

Pub Date: 1/20/99

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