Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. rightly points out that we need to address the "epidemic of out-of-wedlock pregnancies and the central roles of fathers in the home" ("Who will lead a new Baltimore?" June 5).

Here's a partial agenda proposed by Ron Haskins who was the principal Republican staffer for welfare reform in the House of Representatives: Modify the child support program, help fathers find jobs (perhaps as part of child support as many states are now running such programs), expand the Earned Income Tax Credit for noncustodial parents, provide job training (but only if the training is short-term and focused on specific jobs available in the local economy) and modify laws that put men in prison for non-violent crimes.

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We expect to introduce legislation on these issues next year and look forward to working with our Democratic and Republican colleagues. That's how welfare reform was enacted in Maryland.

Sen. J.B. Jennings and Del. Samuel I. "Sandy" Rosenberg

The writers, a Republican and a Democrat, represent Districts 7, Baltimore and Harford counties, and District 41, Baltimore City, respectively, in the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates.

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