Archive for June 2010

“Leggett approves more time off for county workers”

From the Washington Examiner of June 27, 2010: “County Executive Ike Leggett has signed off on an arrangement granting municipal employees and police officers 26 hours more in paid leave next year. Firefighters would get an extra 48 hours…. However, some were flabbergasted with the agreement, saying it sends the wrong message to residents —…

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“Consequences of the Budget”

Adam Pagnucco of MarylandPoliticalWatch.com wrote five very informative articles  (May 24-28, 2010) about the FY2011 county budget: Part1:  “[B]ecause the county made a political decision to avoid the property tax, it instead chose to rely on a job-killing measure that targets employers to help close its budget gap.” Part 2:  “The school system fared decently. …

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Did you know: Health Benefits

…. that if you are a federal employee and are a taxpayer in Montgomery County, you will likely be envious of the health benefits of your counterparts who work for the county and the school system. Here’s why: Federal employees pay around 30% of their health care premiums; county employees pay from 20 – 24%,…

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“Powerful unions drive Montgomery’s huge spending”

From the Washington Examiner of June 6, 2010: “Salaries doubled for most Montgomery County workers between 1999 and 2009, while inflation rose 37 percent…. Montgomery County Public Schools’ tax-supported operating budget has grown by more than 75 percent in the past decade, far surpassing other county agencies.   Teachers enjoy salaries 20 percent higher than their…

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Taxpayers League Quoted In Gazette

The president of the Montgomery County Taxpayers League, Joan Fidler, was quoted in a June 2, 2010, article in the Montgomery Gazette: “Joan Fidler, president of the nonpartisan Montgomery County Taxpayers League, said the council made many “courageous” decisions, like eliminating pay raises for employees, supporting furloughs for teachers, keeping the property tax rate the…

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