Excerpts From The Speech

January 27, 1995

Here are excerpts from Governor Glendening's State of the State address:

What is the state of Maryland today? I believe it can be described as anxious, in both senses of the use of the word. Our citizens are anxious -- that is, nervous -- because too many people cannot sit on their front porch or walk down their street without being afraid. Too many jobs are leaving our state. Too many children are not receiving the quality of education to prepare them for a bright future.

But our citizens are also anxious in a positive sense -- and that is, excited -- to get started on the work ahead Clearly, we must plan ahead to prepare for the 21st century. That means making long-term decisions, and looking at things like our budget not as a series of annual crises, but as a four-year road map. . .

The road map that will take Maryland into the 21st century has been developed by more than 500 men and women, from all parts of our state, from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, who joined together to participate in the Maryland Forward transition effort.

Each policy committee was charged with studying a particular area, and making recommendations as to specific improvements that can be made in the lives of our citizens, businesses and constituents. . .Let me give you a sampling of the types of recommendations that have been advanced by these committees and which I have already adopted.

The Policy Committee for Effectiveness and Efficiency in Government recommended we improve the regulatory process by coordinating the work of Maryland Department of Environment and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Duplication, overlapping and in some case contradictory regulations are costly and result in frustration in the community and sometimes even lead to noncompliance.

We are submitting a bill which places the regulatory power under one agency, the Department of the Environment. The Department of Natural Resources will then become the conservator, protector and manager of our great natural resources, including the Bay, but will not have regulatory power or permitting responsibility. . .

From the Policy Committee studying environmental issues, we are proposing a tax benefit for the purchase of electric and alternative fuel vehicles. This will result in tax relief for businesses that use these vehicles and will promote clean air.

The Policy Committee studying methods to make our communities safer recommended, under the leadership of Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, that legislation be submitted to streamline the death penalty process. This administration is committed to the belief that those who commit crimes so heinous that they are found guilty by their peers, and are sentenced to death, will be held responsible and will be executed.

In the area of Human Services, a bill is being submitted which places more responsibility on parents, specifically finding missing parents and deadbeat parents, and which eases the regulations for adoption of children.

Several committees have recommended a major focus on revitalization. Our package creates a Neighborhood Business Development program that will award funds to small businesses in economically disadvantaged communities. . .

This is almost, if you will, a mini-UDAG [Urban Development Action Grant] program of the type that was the heart of the success for the Baltimore Inner Harbor. If grants of millions of dollars were right for big business in the Inner Harbor, why would not smaller grants be right for neighborhood business? We have already included $7 million in our budget to get this program started.

All the threads from these different policy groups and committees lead to economic development. . .

A strong economy in Maryland will go a long way toward providing the resources for improving our schools and for making our streets safe. Good jobs, good private sector jobs are the basis of prosperity. No government program, no welfare program, no social program can replace the opportunity for meaningful work. . .

I am introducing legislation to create a business-focused Department of Business and Economic Development. We will transfer the employment and training functions currently handled 1,200 of the 1,400 DEED [Department of Economic and Employment Development] employees to the new Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

By having a single mission, bringing jobs to Maryland and retaining the jobs that are here, the Department of Business and Economic Development will be a leaner, more focused agency. We will also put in place a system of one-stop shopping to serve the needs of existing and prospective businesses.

Second, the private sector must have a key role in guiding economic development efforts. After all, who knows how to talk to a CEO better than another CEO? Would you rather have a state bureaucrat talk to you about moving your business to Maryland or would you rather have someone who is here doing business right now?

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