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By Tom Fitton
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Blaine R. Young
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed an executive order Monday directing state agencies to begin implementing a statewide land-development initiative and suggested counties that refuse to comply with its recommendations could lose state funding.
A proposed statewide planning initiative that has angered officials in Maryland's rural counties finally went before a Senate committee Monday, where lawmakers showed support but also raised additional concerns.
Frederick County Commissioner Blaine R. Young said he has opposed the plan on grounds that it could kill development-related jobs in rural counties.
"We're not just trying to be obstructionists," said Mr. Young, a Republican. "Rural Maryland just wants to be at the table. We want our concerns to be addressed."