Archive for May 2012

Final FY13 Budget Adjustments: Teacher Pension Cost Shift and MCFRS

On May 12, 2012, Steve Farber, Council Staff Director, sent a memo to the County Council outlining how the county's FY2013 budget would be affected by the actions of the special session of the state legislature "the County must add $27,227,553 to the MCPS budget. … "…the Executive recommends this FY13 budget adjustment, including the…

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Our take on the proposed gas tax increase

Gov. O'Malley's gas tax proposal as the answer to Maryland's transportation requires some explanation.  Gas-tax revenue is slated for the transportation trust fund; at least that is what we taxpayers are led to believe.  Had this occurred in the past, many transportation projects would not have been left to languish.  Why?  Because Gov. O'Malley and…

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County’s Annapolis Delegation vs County Council, Executive

From the March 2012 newsletter of Council Member Nancy Floreen: Stop the Shift State budget efforts are underway, and we in Montgomery County are very concerned about some elements of the Governor's budget. In particular, the plan to some of the costs of shift teacher pensions to counties would have a serious impact on our…

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“MontCo residents pay nearly double Maryland average for health care”

From the Washington Examiner of February 14, 2012: "Montgomery County spends 20 percent more on county health department salaries than neighboring counties, but residents are not nearly as healthy as the residents in those counties, a new study shows. "Per capita spending on county health care is nearly double the state average, the report by…

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