And for Glendening's second term . . .

January 20, 1999

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

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