Taxpayers League Critical of WSSC’s Financial Evaluation of Capital Projects

WSSC CIP Plan Testimony, Sept. 4, 2019, Gordie Brenne, MC Taxpayers League Tonight I’d like to make some points about the poor capital investment decisions WSSC makes, and how they relate to future solvency and a taxpayer bailout.   The Commission approved new standards for capital controls on July 17 that reduce the risk of WSSC…

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Planning Summit Monday, June 10th, 6:45pm

MCTL Planning Summit Monday, June 10th, 2019, beginning at 6:45pm Purpose:  To focus on new approaches, to foster participation in county fiscal issues, to increase involvement in Taxpayer League research and to follow up on efficient and effective government. Monday, June 10th, 2019, beginning at 6:45pm ending at 9:00 pm Rockville Library (Town Center), 21…

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45% of County government employees live outside the County

From Bethesda Beat: “Almost half of Montgomery County government’s 9,000-plus employees live outside the county, according to a new personnel management report….According to the latest report, 4,159 of 9,243 permanent employees – 45% – lived either in a different Maryland county a neighboring state.” Employees of Montgomery County Public Schools are not considered employees of…

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Could Maryland be less blatantly business-averse?

From the Maryland Public Policy Institute, an article by Carol Park: “From mandatory paid sick leave to a proposed $15 minimum wage, Maryland has never been the friendliest state for restaurant owners. Now, Maryland is about to become the first state in the country to ban carryout food containers made from polystyrene, commonly called Styrofoam.”…

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"Here’s why three county unions are receiving generous raises"

From bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-beat/ by Adam Pagnucco: “County Executive Marc Elrich has given the county’s largest labor union its most generous contract in recent memory.  And he has paid for it with a one-time diversion from retiree health care money, leaving huge uncertainty on how his labor contracts will be funded in the future….MCGEO, the police union…

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Questions for meeting of March 20, 2019

Questions for meeting of March 20, 2019 Presentation:    “How we Plan to Govern in Montgomery County” Speakers:  Council Member At-Large: Gabe Albornoz, Member, Health and Human Services Committee, and Public Safety Committee Will Jawando, Member, Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee, and Education and Culture Committee Following our meeting in January with new Council Members…

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"Three Ways To Reduce Maryland's Pension Liabilities"

From the Maryland Public Policy Institute (MPPI) a study by Carol Park: ”On June 30, 2017, the 30-largest public pension funds in the United States, with combined assets of $2.65 trillion, reported a group median funded status of 75.32 percent. At that time, the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System (MSRPS), the 22nd-largest public pension…

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The Bang Fraud and Internal Controls

The Bang Fraud and Internal Controls Will the County Council learn from the $6.7 million fraud perpetrated on the taxpayers of the county?  We will find out when its Audit Committee members meet on March 14th.  Will the Council expand the scope of the current Clifton audit contract to include testing and rendering of an…

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