Archive for November 2011

“A REVIEW OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS BUDGET CATEGORY 12”

On November 29, 2011, Montgomery County's Office of Legislative Oversight released report number 2012-2, which was a detailed look at Category 12 of the budget of the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS).  "The primary expenditures in Category 12 are funding for employee benefits such as reitrement, health insurance, and social secuirty… "From FY03 to FY12,…

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“Montgomery police referendum is no bargain”

From the Washington Post of November 28, 2011: “It’s critical to taxpayers, to public safety and to the health of the [Montgomery County Police] department that a sensible balance be restored to labor relations within the police force. That’s why Montgomery’s elected officials, from County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) on down, must actively campaign against…

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Questions and responses from Messrs. Gordon and Silverman

At our  meeting of October 20, 2011, our speakers were Steven Silverman, Director, Department of Economic Development, Montgomery County, and Gerald Gordon, President, Fairfax County (Virginia) Economic Development Authority. Each speaker answered questions that were provided to them several days earlier by the League.  Here are their responses

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“Closing the Montgomery-Fairfax gap”

From the Washington Post  of November 16, 2011: “In the two decades ending last year, Fairfax [County, Virginia] added jobs almost four times faster than Montgomery did.  Economic growth in Fairfax was 50 percent faster.  While federal spending in the two counties (mostly government contracts) was roughly the same in 1990, it is now, at…

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How Does Montgomery Compare to Surrounding Counties?

Ever wonder how Montgomery County stacks up against other local jurisdictions in taxes and spending?  MCTL member Gordon Brenne wondered about that too and has put together the following table to show how our county compares to Fairfax (VA), Howard and Prince Georges Counties.  One of several interesting facts to note is what we're getting…

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“Montgomery’s big-box bill sends the wrong signal to retailers”

From the Washington Post  of November 13, 2011: “For an array of reasons, Montgomery is rapidly developing a reputation as a poor place to do business, at an enormous cost to the county. In the decade ending in 2010, its job growth badly lagged Fairfax County’s, as well as the region’s. "One reason the county…

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“Virginia goes after Maryland jobs”

From the Washington Examiner of November 10, 2011: “Virginia consistently ranks higher than Maryland in surveys examining states' business friendliness. The commonwealth's corporate tax rate, at 6 percent, is 2.25 percentage points lower than Maryland's. "An even larger gap exists between the states' personal income tax rates, with Maryland's rate approaching 10 percent when the…

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