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Executive Kittleman Delivers First State of the County Address

As the voters spoke loud and clear last november Maryland wants and needs this kind of leadership supporting jobs and economic growth. So we’re very lucky here in Howard County that Allan choose to give up a safe Senate seat where he could have stayed indefinitely. And instead ran and won an extremely competitive race for County Executive. We’ve already seen is leadership in action in just a few short months and we look forward to working with him to make Howard County the destination of.

Choice for business. So please, put your hands together and give a warm welcome to your new Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman.** Clapping ** Thank you, thank you very much, thank you. Thank you Greg for those kind words. Um it is really good to be here. I’d like to thank the chamber for hosting this important event. Thanks to President and CEO Leonardo McClarty.

To Miles Coffman the Chairman and the entire Chamber. I’d again like to express thanks to the voters of Howard County, for their confidence and for allowing me this amazing opportunity to serve you as your County Executive. I know I’ve said this before but it bears repeating I work for you. And of course I have to extend my deepest thanks to my wife Robin and our wonderful children (Haley, Mary, Robby and James),.

Who have supported me in my journey where I stand today. I’d like to present some flowers to Robin. ** Claping ** By the way, this isn’t in the script, but you’re standing, you’re sitting in the room where Robin I had our wedding reception 28 years ago. Pretty cool, pretty cool. Also my daughter Haley is here so I want to recognize her as well. Thank you Haley.

** Clapping ** I’ve only been on the job for two months and already I’ve learned so much. For example, no one looks good in a hairnet. ** Laughing ** The first order of business is to state unequivocally that I believe in collaboration and bipartisan politics. I always have and I always will. Citizens of the state of Maryland don’t elect us.

So we can engage in endless squabbling and party politics. They elect us to find solutions to problems and issues that affect their daily lives. They expect us to work together. And they expect us to work for them. I pledge to work cooperatively with our County Council. Mary Kay, Jen, Greg, Calvin, Jon I look forward to working with you and having many successful years together. Friends, the state of our County is strong.

How we got here is important, but our challenge is how we become even stronger. We have a great county because of you our residents and our businesses who work hard every day. So thank you. I especially want to thank the 2,800 Howard County employees who make this county such a wonderful place to live. From the folks who clear the roads during the snowstorms; to those who protect us from crime and fire; to those directly work with constituents; our County would not be consistently ranked one the best places to live in.

fordschool The Policy and Politics of the Michigan Prisoner ReEntry Initiative Panel

gt;gt;Tom Ivako: We’re happy to have you with us. I’m Tom Ivako, with the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy, also known as Close Up. I’m happy to welcome you on behalf of the Ford School and Close Up to Weill Hall for today’s event. It’s sure to be an engaging discussion and one of the most important policy topics facing the state of Michigan today, reform and our corrections system. And I’d like to point out that we will have time at the end of the panel discussion.

For question for questions and answers with the audience. We have some cards and pencils placed around the auditorium. If you have a question, please write it down on one of the cards and then hold your hand up. We’ll have some people come by to pick up those cards from you. Today’s event is cosponsored by Close Up and the Ford School and has been organized by Professors Jeffrey Morenoff and David Harding from the University of Michigan as well as Jeffrey Padden from Public Policy Associates, Incorporated. Mr. Padden is serving as the moderator today and he will introduce the rest of the panelists,.

But it’s my pleasure to first introduce Mr. Padden. Jeffrey Padden is the founder and President of Public Policy Associates, a firm that works across the nation in public policy research, development and evaluation. Mr. Padden began working in corrections policy in 1975 when he was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives. He chaired the House Committee on corrections for eight years and served on the Judiciary Committee chairing the subcommittee on sentencing guidelines. For the past six years Mr. Padden has led Public Policy Associates work.

With the Michigan Department of Corrections and the Michigan Counsel on Crime and Delinquency and the Leadership of the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative, the topic of today’s discussion. Mr. Padden’s experience of over thirty years in public policy has included roles as Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Commerce, Director of the Governor’s Human Investment Project and five terms in the Michigan House of Representatives. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Wayne State University and a Master’s Degree.

From the Kennedy School at Harvard, please join me in welcoming Mr. Jeffrey Padden. Applause gt;gt; I am very happy to be a part of this panel discussion today on the Policy and Politics of the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative and particularly to be doing it here in Ann Arbor at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. The folks who participate in the work of this school are uniquely interested in and committed to improving public policy in Michigan and around the country, so it’s a good thing that you’re here to learn a little bit more about the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative.

As promised, we will be talking not just about the policy issues themselves, but also about the politics, transforming the way state government or any big state government agency does business is a stunningly difficult challenge and yet that is exactly the challenge that the MPRI has undertaken under the leadership of Governor Grandholm and Director Pat Caruso. It’s it’s important that it has been framed and is, in fact, is an initiative that’s aimed at improving public safety. My experience in corrections policy over the past thirty plus years has shown me.

That there really is sort of a false choice that had been set up between doing the things that would prepare a prisoner for successful reintegration into the community or being tough on crime. The Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative resolves that false choice by showing that those really are one in the same. If we prepare people better to reintegrate into society, then we are, in fact, protecting the public better. I will talk a little about I will give you a bit of an overview of.

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