Leopold appointed to insurance panel
Delegate John Leopold, R-Pasadena, has been appointed to the Task Force on Insurance Regulation of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a national organization of state legislators.
Leopold, who has fought for no-fault automobile insurance the last two years, will represent Maryland on a variety of insurance issues, including competitive rate setting, fraud and compulsory coverage.
Legislative director Timothy Beauchemin said the American Legislative Exchange Council has 2,500 lawmakers as members nationwide.
MEET CANDIDATES at yacht club
The Shady Side Peninsula Association will sponsor a "Meet the Candidates" night, including county executive hopefuls, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Chesapeake Yacht Club.
For the District 7 council seat, incumbent Democrat Virginia P. Clagett and Republican John J. Klocko III are scheduled to appear.
The moderator for the forum will be Terrence Smith, a Washington correspondent for CBS.
Peninsula Association president John Taylor said all voters in South County should attend the forum. Questions will be accepted from the audience, he said.
The Chesapeake Yacht Club is located at 4943 Hine Drive. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the forum begins promptly 30 minutes later.
REPUBLICANS NIGHT at St. Andrews
The Severna Park Republican Women's Club will sponsor a Republican candidates night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at St. Andrews Swim and Tennis Club, 490 Yorkshire Drive in Chartwell.
Republican gubernatorial candidate William S. Shepard is expected to attend.
Lois Shepard, Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, was a guest speaker at the Severna Park Republican Women's Club Annual Luncheon and Fall Fashion Show.
Club members modeled fashions by Elanne of Annapolis at the luncheon, held at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie.
Robert Duckworth, a Republican candidate for U.S. representative, and Delegate John Gary, R-Millersville, also spoke.
MCMILLEN PROPOSES budget compromise
The specter of a federal government paralyzed by budget gridlock has been an annual event since the Gramm-Rudman Deficit Reduction Act was passed in 1986.
But as Monday's deadline draws near for $85 billion in automatic federal spending cuts and a hold on public employee paychecks, U.S. Representative Tom McMillen, D-4th, expressed faith that congressional leaders could avert disaster.
"I have confidence in you and the other negotiators to reach an agreement in time to avert the proposed furloughs and look forward to working with you to establish the necessary safeguards to ensure a similar crisis does not occur in the future," McMillen wrote Wednesday in a letter to House Majority Leader Richard A. Gephardt.
McMillen urged passage of a proposed compromise that would generate $500 billion over the next five years by cutting spending and raising taxes. The plan would generate with $50 billion in fiscal 1991, which begins Monday.
"Any future spending programs should be established on a 'pay-as-you-go' system," McMillen wrote. "This element is absolutely necessary to ensure that the revenue derived from this agreement is targeted toward deficit reduction."
Meanwhile, McMillen's Republican opponent said yesterday that Capitol Hill could learn a few things from the county's property tax referendum.
In a press release supporting the proposal to limit growth in county property tax revenue, Robert P. Duckworth said, "I believe we will show that our society has reached its tolerance toward increasing taxation."
Duckworth saluted the Anne Arundel Taxpayers for Responsive Government for pushing to get the measure on the Nov. 6 ballot as a charter amendment. If passed, the proposal would limit future growth in property taxes to 4.5 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower. Property tax revenue has grown more than 10 percent annually throughout most of Lighthizer's tenure.
The county tax limitation would force local officials to govern more efficiently, something that the Congress needs to do, Duckworth said.
Instead of debating about federal emergency employee furloughs, tax increase or Medicare cuts, the agencies should be required to demonstrate the efficiency of programs periodically to justify continued financial support, he said.
"We need new management," Duckworth said. "The fact that we face a budget impasse which holds our federal workers and our economy hostage to the budget process while Congress gives themselves a 42 percent pay increase, coupled with the fact that Congress spends $1.58 for every $1 in revenues, is an unconscionable situation."