MCEA

Notes from the meeting of March 22, 2017

Topic: “The FY 2018 Montgomery County Budget and what it means for County Residents” Speaker:   Jennifer Hughes, Director Office of Management and Budget, Montgomery County Wed., March 22, 2017  –  7:00 – 9:00 pm Council Office Bldg. (3rd Fl. Conf. Rm.), 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850 Free and open to the public Here are…

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“A County’s Self-Inflicted Compensation Crisis”

From Governing.com: “One reason why even a large tax increase can’t cover the county’s expenses is that over the last six years deals negotiated by County Executive Isiah Leggett raised the wages of police, firefighters and other county employees by between 25.4 and 31.5 percent. Leggett says one reason for the hefty raises was his…

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“Montgomery County homeowners face biggest tax hike in seven years”

From the Washington Post of May 19, 2016: “The Montgomery County Council, citing the unmet needs of a school system facing explosive enrollment growth and a widening academic achievement gap, voted Thursday to raise the average residential property tax bill by 8.7 percent — the largest increase in seven years. The tax hike required a…

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MCTL Vice-President Testifies in Opposition to FY2017 Budget

MCTL Vice-President Gordie Brenne testified April 6, 2016, before the County Council in opposition to the proposed FY2017 budget:  Testimony on Proposed FY 2017 Budget for Montgomery County April 6, 2016 In the years leading up to the 2008 economic collapse, bankers, Wall Street, and mortgage originators got too greedy and were subsequently found guilty…

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“Maryland county wants to ease the burden of student debt for its residents”

From the Washington Post of December 13, 2015: A teacher “is exactly whom lawmakers had in mind when they developed legislation that would allow Montgomery to establish a loan authority, a move that would give the county the ability to leverage its municipal borrowing power to extend rock-bottom rates to its residents. “Tom Israel, executive…

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Questions for Meeting of September 16, 2015

                    Montgomery County Taxpayers League Meeting                                               www.mctaxpayersleague.org                                Wednesday, September 16, 2015  –  7:00 – 9:00 pm (note time  change)                                                  3rd Floor Conference Room,  Council Office Building                                                         100…

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“Getting the school system we pay for”

From the Gazette of July 10, 2013, a letter to the editor by MCTL Board member Gordon Brenne: We’ve also shown there is no correlation between what teachers are paid and student performance improvements. And, because our teachers are paid 20 percent more than teachers in Howard and Fairfax counties, we can afford fewer of…

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Questions sent to Janette Gilman in advance of the meeting of February 28, 2013

Questions sent to Janette Gilman, President, Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations (MCCPTA), in advance of the meeting of February 28, 2013 1.  How does the MCCPTA define “full funding” for MCPS?  What would you consider the “floor” for the MCPS budget? 2.  What is MCCPTA’s role in determining the MCPS budget?  Is there a…

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“School board member speaks out about union contracts minutes before vote”

From the Montgomery Gazette of June 14, 2012: "School board member Laura Berthiaume (Dist. 2) said Thursday that, although she believes school employees should be recognized for their work, the school system should not make promises that it can’t keep….Robert Monsheimer, of the Montgomery County Taxpayers League, told board members Thursday that, while the county…

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Teachers’ Union Pres. Defends Lobbying

Teachers’ union president defends the union’s lobbying, but did he inadvertently betray his own cause? When the economy crashed last year and a contract we had bargained in better economic times was no longer feasible, MCEA members voted overwhelmingly to forgo $89 million in pay raises for the current school year. We know that the…

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