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Governor speaks out on issues

March 28, 1998|By GUY FLETCHER

Governor speaks out on issues

Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening discussed several issues during a recent interview with The Herald-Mail, including:

Gambling. The governor reiterated his opposition to casino gambling in the state, and was pleased that gambling supporters have failed to garner enough support in the General Assembly for a constitutional amendment that would allow slot machines in the state.

Glendening said the presence of slot machines and casinos in the state would take away money that would otherwise be spent in church bingo halls and tip jars that help fund charity.

"The revenue will dry up to almost zero overnight," Glendening said

Economic development. Glendening acknowledged that the effort to bring better-paying, high-tech jobs to Maryland hasn't been very successful in Washington County, but he said the state is always looking to attract such firms here.

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"We're making a concerted effort in marketing to do exactly that," Glendening said.

Pfiesteria. The General Assembly is still trying to reach a compromise on legislation aimed at preventing the fish-killing microbe from reappearing in the Chesapeake Bay in the future.

Glendening said if no bill is passed, the legislature might find itself back at work this summer in a special session if there is another Pfiesteria outbreak.

"The people will demand that we do something about this," he said.

Many farmers have complained about controls on farm runoff, which some scientists believe to be a contributor to the Pfiesteria problem. Glendening predicted that "it's not going to have any real impact at all" on local farmers.

Children's health. Legislators are also trying to reach a compromise on legislation that would provide health insurance to children of working poor families in the state.

Glendening said he was confident a deal would be struck between Senate and House leaders, particularly because the program would receive $47 million in federal funds.

"Nothing is impossible there," he said.

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