Maryland

President Fidler Testifies on “Millionaires’ Tax” in Annapolis

MCTL Joan Fidler tesitifed March 10, 2015, in Annapolis at a hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee on HB 240: I am Joan Fidler, President of the Montgomery County Taxpayers League and I am here to testify against HB 240, State Individual Income Tax – Rate Changes. The Taxpayers League registers its opposition to…

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Maryland Public Policy Institute Proposes “Rain Tax” Alternatives

From a research report published by the Maryland Public Policy Institute February 26, 2015: “The BRF [Bay Resoration Fund] reports in its 2015 Annual Status Report that $290 million had been transferred to the General Fund over the years to temporarily bridge gaps in the state budget. The money was replaced, but with General Obligation…

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Proposed Independent Transit Authority: Stunning, foolish and unconscionable

Note:  The proposal  to create an independent transit authority has been withdrawn by County Executive Ike Leggett. President Joan Fidler was among 75 people who gave testimony January 30, 2015, before the Montgomery County delegation to Annapolis.  Her testimony was in opposition to House of Delegates Bill MC 24-15, which would have provided enabling legislation…

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Two Takes on The County’s Delegation to Annapolis

We present two opposing views of the Montgomery County’s 32-member delegation to Annapolis: A column by Josh Kurtz of CenterMaryland.com and a rebuttal by Delegate Kathleen Dumais (D), representing Legislative District 15. From Josh Kurtz writing in CenterMaryland.org on Monday, 15 December 2014: “As for the heads of the county’s legislative delegation, Sen. Nancy King…

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Montgomery Needs More State Funding for School Construction

From BethesdaNow.com, Nov. 17, 2014: “North Bethesda Middle School’s cafeteria is so crowded during lunch that it’s almost impossible to walk between the tables. Portables are likely headed to Walt Whitman High School next year.   By January, Pyle Middle School might have 1,500 students — more than six county high schools…Those are just three…

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“Benefits of Maryland’s tax credits for films are questioned”

From The Washington Post of November 16, 2014: A tax credit used to reward “House of Cards” and other productions for filming in Maryland costs taxpayers far more than they get in return and should be scrapped, according to a new report to the General Assembly. Read the full story. Our take: So Netflix wins…

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“WSSC water rate torture”

Gordie Brenne, vice president of the Montgomery County Taxpayers League, had his letter to the editor published in The Montgomery Gazette of August 27, 2014: Congratulations! You’re using less water than ever due to improved conservation and appliance efficiency. Your reward is higher charges! Recently WSSC laid out plans for higher fees in a Council…

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Our Montgomery County Delegation – Do They Really Represent us?

Isn’t it ironic that 11,000 of our school children obtain their education operating out of portable classrooms? We are the largest jurisdiction in the state with the greatest number of students without whom Maryland public schools would not rank number one in the country. And yet our 32-member delegation to Annapolis has failed in securing…

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President Fidler Testifies in Annapolis

MCTL President Joan Fidler testified in Annapolis against a proposal to create a special taxing district to finance transportation needs along Rockville Pike. The League opposes this bill because it is just another way for the county to bypass the voter-approved limitations on the budget. Her testimony on HB 1279 was given on March 6,…

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