We used this space throughout 2010 to weigh in on many issues important to Maryland’s legal and business communities. Some of those issues were resolved in good fashion, others not so much.
That leaves us with plenty of unfinished business to tackle in 2011, and here are our top action items for the New Year:
-Continued vigilance in rooting through the problems caused by the country’s foreclosure crisis, problems that seriously began to ripple through Maryland in the fall. The process needs to be open, fair and equitable, and state regulators need to ensure that the legal system has the tools to remedy irregularities in the foreclosure process.
-Continued progress by incoming Baltimore State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein in tackling the goals he set for himself in remaking the office he took over Monday after his surprise win over longtime incumbent Patricia Jessamy. Of particular interest will be Mr. Bernstein’s efforts to overhaul the organizational structure and boost the office’s technological resources.
-Building momentum behind the Greater Baltimore Committee’s endorsement of an innovative plan to construct a new city arena connected to a new Inner Harbor hotel and an expanded convention center. This could be a signature downtown development moment.
-Finding a workable long-term business model for Maryland’s horse racing industry. Out with the dysfunction, in with new solutions. Officials can start by heading up to Monmouth Park in New Jersey, where the racing schedule was cut but purses were fattened and attendance rose.
-Making the tough decisions on Maryland’s pension system. Don’t kick the can down the road. If an objective analysis shows the state is on an unsustainable course with its pension benefits for government employees, then something has to give.
-Pressing ahead to find a way to build a high-speed broadband network in Baltimore, regardless of what Google decides to do with its Fiber for Communities project. Keep up the grassroots efforts to organize, marshal data, build a business case and find a way to get things done.
May 2011 be a productive and progressive year for Maryland.