Archive for November 2014

“Montgomery County income tax revenue falls $96 million short”

From The Montgomery Gazette of November 26, 2014: “Montgomery County received about $96 million less income tax revenue than expected for November and officials believe automatic federal budget cuts were partly to blame…Although the $96.4 million income tax revenue loss is a fraction of Montgomery’s $4.36 billion tax-supported budget, [County Finance Director Joseph] Beach said…

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Montgomery Needs More State Funding for School Construction

From BethesdaNow.com, Nov. 17, 2014: “North Bethesda Middle School’s cafeteria is so crowded during lunch that it’s almost impossible to walk between the tables. Portables are likely headed to Walt Whitman High School next year.   By January, Pyle Middle School might have 1,500 students — more than six county high schools…Those are just three…

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“Benefits of Maryland’s tax credits for films are questioned”

From The Washington Post of November 16, 2014: A tax credit used to reward “House of Cards” and other productions for filming in Maryland costs taxpayers far more than they get in return and should be scrapped, according to a new report to the General Assembly. Read the full story. Our take: So Netflix wins…

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Questions sent to speakers in advance of meeting Nov. 19, 2014

Speakers:  Phil Andrews, Council Member and Sidney Katz, Council Member-Elect, both from District 3, Montgomery County Questions sent to the speakers in advance of the meeting:1.  What impact will the election of a Republican governor have on Montgomery County?  His campaign emphasized reduced spending and taxation.  Will Montgomery County follow suit?  Are we prepared to…

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Delivery Truck Drivers for Dept. of Liquor Control Drinking on the Job

According to BethesdaNow.com cameras from NBC4 caught delivery truck drivers for Montgomery County’s Department of Liquor Control drinking on the job over at least three different days. Here is our take: Another reason to get the County out of the liquor business. We reiterate – why is Montgomery County in the liquor business? The stock…

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“Retiring Montgomery firefighters burning sick leave”

From the November 5, 2014, edition of The Gazette: “Employees about to retire from Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service are burning sick leave in their final year with the county, at what the county inspector general identified as “significant cost to the county.” Read the full story at The Gazette.

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“Bad for Business?”

From the November-December 2014  edition of Bethesda magazine: “In an atmosphere where we compete globally and need to respond quickly to changes and trends, Montgomery compares poorly with our neighboring jurisdictions. Montgomery has more layers, more fees and less certainty in the process.” Read the full story

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