Plan on Construction Costs Criticized in Maryland
A task force appointed by Gov. William D. Schaefer of Maryland has been criticized for recommending that the state stop financing the entire cost of new schools, and shift up to 50 percent of the funding responsibility to cities and counties.
School officials oppose the plan, saying they are willing to pick up some of the cost but not as heavy a burden as the task force urged.
Under the plan, wealthy counties would have to assume half of the cost of new schools, while the poorest areas would have to pay 25 percent. Governor Schaefer has expressed strong support for the proposal.
In other action, the Governor has announced the formation of another task force to study the state's overall tax structure over the next three years. The group's final report is scheduled to be issued in January 1991, after the next elections for governor and the legislature.
Supporters of a proposal to make English the official language of Arizona have begun collecting the 130,000 signatures needed to get the measure on the November 1988 ballot.
Robert Park, chairman of Arizonans for Official English, said the proposed constitutional amendment would require the state to conduct its business only in English and to "preserve, protect, and enhance the English language."