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Maryland Manual, 1975-76
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recently completed and dedicated the most modern cargo terminal on
the East Coast.
Among the major laws the Governor sponsored and saw enacted
were: the strictest handgun law in the Nation; a unique insurance law
that combines a limited "no fault" feature with the Nation's only
State insurance company which provides coverage for 170,000 Mary-
land motorists who otherwise would be unable to obtain insurance; a
model Power Plan Siting law which the National Governors' Confer-
ence has adopted as its own suggested legislation; a State Drug
Abuse Authority and a model narcotics law; a State Housing Agency
to encourage the development of low-income housing; and a land use
law to protect Maryland's critical areas and provide for orderly
development and growth across the State.
Unique in the continental United States is the State School Con-
struction Program which was conceived and sponsored by Governor
Mandel to relieve the 23 counties and Baltimore City of the financial
burden of building schools.
Under the program, the State assumed full financial obligation for
the construction and major renovation of all public schools in Mary-
land, and full financial responsibility for outstanding bonded indebted-
ness for schools and counties built prior to inception of the program.
Since the program began in 1971, the State has obligated nearly
$1 billion for school construction in the subdivisions which relieved
the taxpayers of the costly burden of increased taxes to support the
need for schools. The program has led to the reduction of local
property taxes in many subdivisions and a stabilization of taxes in
Under Governor Mandel, Maryland also became the first State in the
Nation to provide State operating funds for private colleges and
universities. And the Governor also greatly increased the amount of
State aid for education to the subdivisions.
During Governor Mandel's six years in office, the State has expanded
its network of day care centers and has increased from 8,000 to
140,000 the number of children receiving free school lunches. Recently
the Governor created by Executive Order a Division of the Aging to
deal with the special problems of the elderly and has set aside 26
percent of the State's lottery proceeds for programs for the aging.
While welfare grants have been increased, there has been a steady
decline in caseloads because of safeguards taken at Governor Mandel's
direction to weed out abuses and ineligibles.
Through this steady and progressive expansion of State aid and
services in virtually every area of State government, Governor Mandel
has been able to achieve a record of financial stability through prudent
management of Maryland's fiscal resources. Maryland is one of only
four states in the Nation that has not had an increase in income or
sales taxes in the past five years. Maryland has consistently main-
tained the highest bond rating of any state in the Nation, while at
the same time it has not had an increase in the State property tax for
three consecutive years. The rate is now—and has been—21 cents,
lower than it was in Maryland during the Civil War.
Governor Mandel was born on April 19, 1920 in Baltimore. He
attended Pimlico Elementary School, Garrison Junior High School,
and was graduated from City College in 1937. He attended the Uni-
versity of Maryland and the University's Law School, receiving his
LL.B. in 1942.
He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and was an instructor at Aberdeen
Proving Ground and at Texarkana, Texas. He was discharged in 1944.
The Governor is married to the former Jeanne Blackistone Dorsey.
Governor Mandel's parents, the former Rebecca Cohen and Harry
Mandel, were natives of Baltimore City. Both are deceased.

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