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State pension fund is $20 billion in the hole and yet we pay an estimated $500 million a year in fees to investment fund managers.

From the Maryland Public Policy Institute an article published April 7, 2017, written by Jeff Hooke, a finance lecturer at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School “Maryland legislators aren’t the only ones ducking the issue.  When the board of the [Maryland State Retirement and Pension System] met in February, the lengthy agenda failed to mention that investment returns…

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MCTL Supports IG for WSSC

On January 27, 2017, MCTL President Joan Fidler presented testimony in Annapolis to the Montgomery County Delegation.  Her testimony was in support of a proposal (Bill MC/PG 110-17) to create the Office of Inspector General for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), the bi-county agency which provides water and sewage service to many Marylanders.  The…

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Notes from the meeting of Oct. 26, 2016

Notes from the MCTL meeting of Oct. 26, 2016 opic: “Are Slow Reassessments Hurting Property Tax Revenues?“ Speakers: Mike Coveyou (substituting for Alexandre Espinosa) Department of Finance, Montgomery County Diane Schwartz-Jones Director, Department of Permitting Services, Montgomery County Questions sent to speaker in advance (below) are followed by an overview of the discussions at the…

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Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) Needs More Oversight

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) Needs More Oversight   –  October 29, 2016 The WSSC is the second largest monopoly in the state of Maryland. It is a bi-county agency providing an essential function but with little oversight. The Montgomery County Taxpayers League has chosen to shed some light on this $1 billion agency and has…

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“School Board Candidates Face Off on Budget Issues”

From Bethesda Beat September 29, 2016: “School board candidates focused on funding for Montgomery County Public Schools and how to improve the annual budget process during a forum Wednesday night at Kennedy High School in Silver Spring.” As always we invite your comments

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WSSC Rates: Testimony by MCTL Member Gordon Brenne

Testimony of MCTL Vice-President Gordie Brenne September 25, 2016, before a committee of the Montgomery County Council concerning an increase in water rates proposed by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission: Rates rose in the last ten years at an annual rate of 6.63%, almost 3 times the CPI (Levchenko, 7/19/16, pg. 2).  This is because…

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WSSC Rates: Testimony by Susan LaCourse

Testimony of Susan LaCourse September 25, 2016, before a committee of the Montgomery County Council concerning an increase in water rates proposed by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission: My name is Susan LaCourse, and I am a resident of West Laurel. I would like to speak on behalf of the many WSSC customers who send…

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WSSC Rates: Testimony by MCTL Member Ed Amatetti

Testimony of MCTL Member Ed Amatetti September 25, 2016, before a committee of the Montgomery County Council concerning an increase in water rates proposed by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission: For nearly 15 years, I was an auditor and consultant to dozens of regulated utilities, and municipal and county  utilities, including as large as Cleveland,…

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Liquor Monopoly Inhibits Job Growth

From The Seventh State blog: “The state’s Bureau of Revenue Estimates has found that the county could create more than 1,300 jobs and nearly $200 million in annual economic activity by tossing its liquor monopoly into the dustbin of Prohibition.” We invite your comments.    

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Marvin Weinman

We are sorry to announce the death on September 19th of our former president, Marvin Weinman.  He was a stalwart in advocating for the taxpayers of Montgomery County.  His knowledge of the fiscal and budgetary issues facing the county was unsurpassed.  He was a seer in that he predicted the structural budget deficit of the…

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