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Public Policy Professor: Gov. Mandel Changed State Government

January 2, 2014
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Speaking on WYPR's Inside Maryland Politics program, John T. Willis, executive in residence in the University of Baltimore's School of Public and International Affairs, credits former Gov. Marvin Mandel with modernizing state government—and consolidating executive power—during his two terms in the 1970s.

Willis, co-author of the book, Maryland Government and Politics, said that Gov. Mandel capitalized on a lengthy period of progressive politics in the state, and used his office to increase the reach of state government into areas such as the environment.

"That had never been done before," Willis said of state environmental regulatory authority.

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