Archive for May 2010

“A tale of two counties”

From the Washington Post of May 30, 2010: “Montgomery, having already pruned the low-, medium- and some high-hanging budgetary fruit, is facing annual deficits in the hundreds of millions of dollars as far as the eye can see…To put it bluntly, Montgomery is lurching under the weight of irresponsible governance, unsustainable commitments and political spinelessness…

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Letter in Montgomery Gazette from MCTL President

The following letter from MCTL President Joan Fidler appeared in the May 26, 2010, edition of the Montgomery Gazette: With the budget for fiscal 2011, the day of reckoning has finally arrived for the County Council. Unfortunately, it is the taxpayers of the county who will pay the price for the profligate budgets of years…

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“Budget kabuki theater”

“In the latest seriocomedy, the school system is threatening to sue the County Council to block it from making additional funding cuts for public schools.”

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Phantom COLA Repealed

On April 27, 2010, Joan Fidler, the MCTL President testified to the County Council to support the repeal of the phantom COLA (Expedited Bill 16-10, Personnel – Retirement – Imputed Compensation Limit) Madam President and members of the Council, thank you for the opportunity to testify against the continuation of the phantom or “ghost” COLA…

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