Archive for February 2016

Extraordinary pension benefits for MCPS employees

Did you know that our teachers – and non-teachers – in the Montgomery County Public Schools system are unique in the entire state of Maryland in that they get a supplement pension of 0.02 percent added to their final year salaries.  Doesn’t sound like very much, right?  Well, this is how it translates in real…

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“Can Larry Hogan keep Maryland open for business?”

From the Washington Post of February 21, 2016: “Taxes matter. Don’t think so? Take a look at what occurred recently in Connecticut.  General Electric announced that it is moving to Massachusetts, mainly because of taxes. Connecticut has been increasing corporate and individual taxes, but Massachusetts reduced some rates. “In a 2014 Gallup survey, Maryland ranked…

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MCTL Opposes Bill to Create Montgomery County Student Loan Refinancing Authority

President Joan Fidler and Vice-President Gordie Brenne submitted written testimony to the Montgomery Delegation expressing MCTL’s opposition to Bill MC 27-16, Montgomery County Student Loan Refinancing Authority: “…why are we burdening taxpayers with a newfangled institution that will refinance loans for postsecondary education?  This bill goes beyond teachers – to make it more palatable, we…

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“George Griffin Out as Director of Department of Liquor Control”

From Bethesda Beat of January 29, 2016: “George Griffin is no longer the director of Montgomery County’s Department of Liquor Control (DLC)….Patrick Lacefield, a spokesman for the county, confirmed Griffin was leaving the department.  “It’s time for a change,” Lacefield said. “There’s going to be a national search to replace him.” “When asked if Griffin’s…

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