Issues

MC Taxpayers Education report released

Montgomery County can have a great education system that serves the individual needs of all our families and students – and we can do this cost-effectively.  We just need the will and integrity to create it.  This 17-page report contains viable, implementable steps (Recommendations) for creating such a system.  This report doesn’t have all the…

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Housing Impact Fairness Act – Dec. 2019 testimony on proposed Bill

Montgomery County Taxpayers League Testimony on the Housing Impact Fairness Act, December 3rd, 2019 The Taxpayers League is committed to tax fairness.  This includes supporting efforts to better capture the value of property improvements.  This way homeowners of unimproved properties are not subsidizing those with improvements.  We support Mr. Glass for taking a lead to…

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Planning Summit Monday, June 10th, 6:45pm

MCTL Planning Summit Monday, June 10th, 2019, beginning at 6:45pm Purpose:  To focus on new approaches, to foster participation in county fiscal issues, to increase involvement in Taxpayer League research and to follow up on efficient and effective government. Monday, June 10th, 2019, beginning at 6:45pm ending at 9:00 pm Rockville Library (Town Center), 21…

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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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Could Maryland be less blatantly business-averse?

From the Maryland Public Policy Institute, an article by Carol Park: “From mandatory paid sick leave to a proposed $15 minimum wage, Maryland has never been the friendliest state for restaurant owners. Now, Maryland is about to become the first state in the country to ban carryout food containers made from polystyrene, commonly called Styrofoam.”…

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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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Cancelled

Due to weather conditions, the MCTL meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 20, has been canceled.

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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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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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