Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening on Monday told the Maryland Chamber of Commerce he's ready to change the way the state brings new jobs here. Instead of luring business from other areas, Glendening said, the new emphasis will be on improving job training in Maryland.
The idea sounds good and it's in line with what top development specialists have been saying for several years, but the idea of totally abandoning the grant and loan programs that give some businesses an incentive to locate in Maryland is a little bit scary.
Perhaps we just lack sufficient faith in the short-term possibilities for improving the economic climate with better training. But when Glendening says he wants to provide scholarships to Maryland's top science and technology students who agree to "make a commitment to stay in Maryland and work in Maryland," we wonder where these students will work if some state agency doesn't help create jobs, either by funding entrepreneurs who need start-up help or by luring high-tech companies here.