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45% of County government employees live outside the County

From Bethesda Beat: “Almost half of Montgomery County government’s 9,000-plus employees live outside the county, according to a new personnel management report….According to the latest report, 4,159 of 9,243 permanent employees – 45% – lived either in a different Maryland county a neighboring state.” Employees of Montgomery County Public Schools are not considered employees of…

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"Here’s why three county unions are receiving generous raises"

From bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-beat/ by Adam Pagnucco: “County Executive Marc Elrich has given the county’s largest labor union its most generous contract in recent memory.  And he has paid for it with a one-time diversion from retiree health care money, leaving huge uncertainty on how his labor contracts will be funded in the future….MCGEO, the police union…

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Questions for meeting of March 20, 2019

Questions for meeting of March 20, 2019 Presentation:    “How we Plan to Govern in Montgomery County” Speakers:  Council Member At-Large: Gabe Albornoz, Member, Health and Human Services Committee, and Public Safety Committee Will Jawando, Member, Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee, and Education and Culture Committee Following our meeting in January with new Council Members…

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"Three Ways To Reduce Maryland's Pension Liabilities"

From the Maryland Public Policy Institute (MPPI) a study by Carol Park: ”On June 30, 2017, the 30-largest public pension funds in the United States, with combined assets of $2.65 trillion, reported a group median funded status of 75.32 percent. At that time, the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System (MSRPS), the 22nd-largest public pension…

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The Bang Fraud and Internal Controls

The Bang Fraud and Internal Controls Will the County Council learn from the $6.7 million fraud perpetrated on the taxpayers of the county?  We will find out when its Audit Committee members meet on March 14th.  Will the Council expand the scope of the current Clifton audit contract to include testing and rendering of an…

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Questions for meeting of February 20, 2019

Questions for meeting of February 20, 2019 Presentation:   “County Executive’s Transition Plan” Speaker:  Andrew Kleine, Chief Administrative Officer, Montgomery County Government 7 Questions sent to Mr. Kleine in advance of the meeting: 1. Thriving Youths –   Will the Executive recommend an MCPS FY 2020 budget based on a review of MCPS strategies to close…

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Notes from the meeting of Jan. 31, 2019 – Good Governance

Meeting of January 31, 2019 Topic: “Approaches to Good Governance in Montgomery County“ Speakers: Evan Glass, Council Member At-Large, Member Health & Human Services Comm., Transportation & Environment Comm. Andrew Friedson, Council Member – Dist. 1, Member Govt. Operations & Fiscal Policy Comm. ; Planning, Housing & Economic Development Committee Because of the limited time…

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Popular Annual Fiscal Report – FY18

Montgomery County recently released its Popular Annual Fiscal Report (PAFR) for FY18.  Its 16 pages are full of facts about the county’s fiscal resources and expenditures. Miscellaneous data include– —  Population: 1.057 million —  Median Household income:   $103,178 —  Top employer:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  (Of the top ten employers, 4…

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“Is MoCo Becoming a Second-Class County?”

From an article by Adam Pagnucco in BethesdaMagazine.com: “For years, county leaders have viewed the county’s budgetary, legislative and regulatory policies as separate from economic development. Let’s look at some of what our county has done. We have had nine major tax hikes in 16 fiscal years. We have led the region in passing costly…

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County’s Dark Economic Prospects

According to new report from the County Council’s Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO) the county faces a difficult fiscal path ahead.  Basically, income will not be enough to cover expenses.  About 88% of the county’s programs are financed by income taxes and property taxes.  Income taxes can’t be raised because the rates are at the…

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