Maryland has serious and systemic money problems tied to tTC slowed growth and catastrophic upheavals in banking and real estate. There's a pervasive uneasiness among businesses and consumers that things may get worse. But Gov. William Donald Schaefer has refused to join the nay-sayers. He has embarked on an upbeat "Maryland Goes to Work" plan to accelerate state construction projects and pump more money back into the economy.
Clearly, building roads, sewers and schools won't solve all of Maryland's problems. But the governor's New Deal-style initiative creates a small pocket of economic activity and, equally important, provides a psychological boost that may encourage consumer and business spending.
"The recession has hurt the Maryland economy just as it has in every other state," Mr. Schaefer told a group of merchants at Owings Mills Mall yesterday. "What can we do?" he asked. "We need to take the initiative ourselves."