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Why Progressives Need Economic Growth

From The Seventh State June 11, 2018: Some on the County Council would like to expand pre-k education, a huge progressive priority and a great idea.  The problem is that it would cost – at minimum – tens of millions of dollars to be meaningful.  And when the county is already relying on tens of…

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Questions for meeting of May 16, 2018

Topic:  “WSSC and its Financial Future” Speaker:  Joe Beach, Chief Financial Officer, WSSC                          Free and open to the public The following questions have been sent to the speaker in advance of the meeting: 1.  What criteria does WSSC use in its decision-making process given the need for new pipes, old pipe repair and replacement,…

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County Council gives preliminary approval to 4.5 % WSSC rate increase

From the Bethesda Beat article posted May 7, 2018: “On Monday, the Montgomery County Council gave preliminary approval to a 4.5 percent rate increase requested by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission in its proposed fiscal 2019 budget.  If the budget is formally approved Thursday during a joint meeting of the councils of Montgomery and Prince…

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Md. Pension Fund Lost Out on $8.8 Billion in Retiree Income

From a new report by the Maryland Public Policy Institute: “Maryland state pension managers lost out on nearly $9 billion in income over the past decade by paying higher-than-average investment fees to Wall Street managers in exchange for lower-than-average investment returns,…Compared to its peer group states, Maryland lost out on an estimated $5 billion in…

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Economic Underperformance in Montgomery County

From a new report on the health of Montgomery County’s economy: “Between January 2001 (the beginning of the data series) to September 2017 (the most recent month for which data are available), Montgomery County added 26,459 jobs. That translates into 6.0 percent growth in  the number of jobs supported by the county’s economy.  Over that…

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Questions prospective voters could ask candidates for county and state office.

Many voters have asked us to come up with thoughtful questions that they could ask of candidates for local and state offices.  Too often we hear the same promises of greater support for schools, better transportation and lower taxes.  But very little is said about how a candidate intends to achieve these goals.  Our questions…

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Next Meeting: Monday, April 9, 2018 – 7:30 – 9:30 pm

 Montgomery County Taxpayers League  in partnership with  Montgomery County Civic Federation   Monday, April 9, 2018  –  7:30 – 9:30 pm Lobby Level Auditorium, Executive Office Building 101 Monroe Street, Rockville, MD 20850 PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME AND VENUE Free and open to the public                                        …

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“The Top 20 Highest-Paid Montgomery County Employees in 2017”

From Bethesda Beat March 16, 2018: “Twelve of the top 20 highest-paid Montgomery County government employees in 2017 were firefighters…. In 2017, there were 33 firefighters among the 50 employees who made more than $200,000….Two firefighters—captains Raymond Sanchez and Patrick Stanton—have been among the top 15 highest paid county employees since 2014. In those four…

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Improved Properties Are Not Being Reassessed Properly

Unimproved property taxpayers are subsidizing more expensive, improved property owners.  How big is the under-assessment problem?  A 2017 report estimates that Montgomery County’s residential property assessment base would be $2.7 to $3.6 billion higher, resulting in an additional $140M in annual property tax revenue. Read the report by Gordie Brenne and Carol Placek    

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