Archive for March 2011

Proposed FY2012 County Budget Presented

On March 15, 2011, County Executive Ike Leggett presented his proposed FY201 budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.   Here are the proposed budget and other related docuemtns: —  COUNTY EXECUTIVE’S RECOMMENDED FY12 OPERATING BUDGET AND FY12-17 PUBLIC SERVICES PROGRAM —  County Executive’s Message    

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MCPS Proposed Operating Budget FY2012

The Montgomery County Board of Education approved a $2.2 billion operating budget for the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) for the fiscal year that begins on July 1. That budget is on the MCPS website

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“Moving the goal posts for Montgomery workers”

From the Washington Post of March 11, 2011, a letter from Gino Renne,  president of United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 1994, Montgomery County Municipal and County Government Employees Organization: “The problem is a revenue problem.  The poor, the unemployed, the homeless — they’ve all paid more than their fair share. “Who’s left? “We…

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“Declaration of war” by County School Board

From the Washington Post of March 13, 2011: “In a legal petition filed this month, the schools, which already consume 57 percent of county spending, are asking the state to force the county to spend tens of millions of dollars more on public education.  If the school system’s badly misguided effort succeeds, the effect would…

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Lawsuit Filed Against Montgomery Community College

Judicial Watch  “filed a taxpayer lawsuit [on January 20, 2011] against the Board of Trustees of Maryland’s Montgomery College for unlawfully charging discounted “in county” tuition rates to students who graduate from Montgomery County public high schools, regardless of their place of residency or immigration status.  The new lawsuit alleges Montgomery College’s tuition policy violates…

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“Law of the jungle”

From the Montgomery Gazette of March 4, 2011: “The most recent heist was the 2002 Thornton Commission, which doubled school aid from $2.8 billion (2001) to $5.7 billion (2011) without a funding source.  The Thornton Commission also made the distribution criteria even more beneficial to low-wealth subdivisions.  That’s why today’s Thornton state school aid formula…

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“Combined retiree health obligations top $3B for schools”

From the Montgomery Gazette of March 4, 2011: “Retiree benefits for health care alone are likely to cost Montgomery County Public Schools $1.56 billion in the foreseeable future, an increase of $200 million from projections two years ago, according to a consultant’s analysis in February. “The annual contribution from the school system required to pay…

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“Level the field on contracts”

From the Washington Post of March 6, 2011: “MONTGOMERY COUNTY has dug itself a budgetary hole so deep that it will take major structural and systemic reforms for it to climb out. Even after severe spending cuts for the past several years, the county still has to slash $300 million this year to balance its…

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