Labor Contracts

Booing and heckling against transparency in collective bargaining

President Joan Fidler of the Taxpayers League testified on July 12, 2016, before the County Council in support of Bill 24-16, Collective Bargaining – Impasse Procedures – Amendments.  She was booed and heckled by union workers during her statement in the last paragraph of her testimony where she stated “In the last three years most…

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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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“County Council Votes to Cut Pay Increases, Reduce Class Sizes”

From the Bethesda Beat May 16, 2016: “The council then pledged unanimous support of a $2.45 billion schools operating budget that is nearly $90 million more than the minimum required by state law…Council members made clear the spending approved Monday is dependent on the council’s approval of a 6.4 percent property tax increase and an…

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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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County Council budget hearings April 5-7

The County Executive announced his Recommended FY 2017 Operating Budget on March 15. “My recommended budget assumes a property tax rate of $1.0264 per $100 of assessed value. This rate is 3.94 cents above the current rate. Over the last three years, the net property tax rate increase is 1.6cents. I am recommending a property…

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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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“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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“Montgomery County Public Schools: Perspectives from a Current and a New School Board Member”

Montgomery County Taxpayers League Meeting – December 17, 2014 Topic:  “Montgomery County Public Schools: Perspectives from a Current and a New School Board Member” Questions sent to speakers in advance of meeting December 17, 2014 Speakers: Mike Durso, Montgomery County School Board Member, District 5 Jill Ortman-Fouse, Montgomery County School Board Member, At Large Questions…

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