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“Maryland firefighters funding Montgomery races to support union brothers”

From The Washington Post of September 8, 2010: “Firefighters from Baltimore and Prince George’s County have been pouring money into Montgomery County council races, adding last-minute support to local union brothers who lost out on large raises this year because of Montgomery’s budget squeeze. “Ross Goldstein, deputy administrator of the Maryland Board of Elections, said…

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“MoCo workers widely make disability claims at retirement time”

From The Washington Examiner of August 6, 2010: “Nearly one-third of Montgomery County employees awarded disability since 2005 — including almost half of such firefighters — began banking the taxpayer-funded payments at the time they qualified for normal retirement, The Washington Examiner has learned.” Read the full story at The Washington Examiner.

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“Who really controls the Montgomery schools”

From a letter of July 25 to the Washington Post by Laura V. Berthiaume,  Member, Montgomery County School Board: “What the critics miss is who really controls the school system: the superintendent and the entrenched, unaccountable bureaucracy, who make almost all the real decisions.” Read the full article in the Washington Post. Our take: When…

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“Fairfax schools undercut Montgomery on costs”

From the Washington Examiner of July 18, 2010: “For the 2009-10 school year, the cost per pupil in Montgomery County was nearly $15,500, up from about $8,500 in 1999-2000.  In Fairfax County, the cost was about $12,900, up from $8,200 a decade earlier.” Read the full story at the Washington Examiner. Our take: While comparisons…

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“Leggett approves more time off for county workers”

From the Washington Examiner of June 27, 2010: “County Executive Ike Leggett has signed off on an arrangement granting municipal employees and police officers 26 hours more in paid leave next year. Firefighters would get an extra 48 hours…. However, some were flabbergasted with the agreement, saying it sends the wrong message to residents —…

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“Consequences of the Budget”

Adam Pagnucco of MarylandPoliticalWatch.com wrote five very informative articles  (May 24-28, 2010) about the FY2011 county budget: Part1:  “[B]ecause the county made a political decision to avoid the property tax, it instead chose to rely on a job-killing measure that targets employers to help close its budget gap.” Part 2:  “The school system fared decently. …

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“Powerful unions drive Montgomery’s huge spending”

From the Washington Examiner of June 6, 2010: “Salaries doubled for most Montgomery County workers between 1999 and 2009, while inflation rose 37 percent…. Montgomery County Public Schools’ tax-supported operating budget has grown by more than 75 percent in the past decade, far surpassing other county agencies.   Teachers enjoy salaries 20 percent higher than their…

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Taxpayers League Quoted In Gazette

The president of the Montgomery County Taxpayers League, Joan Fidler, was quoted in a June 2, 2010, article in the Montgomery Gazette: “Joan Fidler, president of the nonpartisan Montgomery County Taxpayers League, said the council made many “courageous” decisions, like eliminating pay raises for employees, supporting furloughs for teachers, keeping the property tax rate the…

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“A tale of two counties”

From the Washington Post of May 30, 2010: “Montgomery, having already pruned the low-, medium- and some high-hanging budgetary fruit, is facing annual deficits in the hundreds of millions of dollars as far as the eye can see…To put it bluntly, Montgomery is lurching under the weight of irresponsible governance, unsustainable commitments and political spinelessness…

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