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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Cancelled

Due to weather conditions, the MCTL meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 20, has been canceled.

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Questions for meeting of February 20, 2019

Questions for meeting of February 20, 2019 Presentation:   “County Executive’s Transition Plan” Speaker:  Andrew Kleine, Chief Administrative Officer, Montgomery County Government 7 Questions sent to Mr. Kleine in advance of the meeting: 1. Thriving Youths –   Will the Executive recommend an MCPS FY 2020 budget based on a review of MCPS strategies to close…

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Notes from the meeting of Jan. 31, 2019 – Good Governance

Meeting of January 31, 2019 Topic: “Approaches to Good Governance in Montgomery County“ Speakers: Evan Glass, Council Member At-Large, Member Health & Human Services Comm., Transportation & Environment Comm. Andrew Friedson, Council Member – Dist. 1, Member Govt. Operations & Fiscal Policy Comm. ; Planning, Housing & Economic Development Committee Because of the limited time…

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Fortune 500 companies choose VA, not MD

We recently did a little research into the number of Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Maryland and Virginia.  Of the total of 24 in the two states, three are headquartered in Maryland – all three in Bethesda (Lockheed Martin, Marriott International, and Host Hotels and Resorts). The other 21 are in Virginia – of which…

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Popular Annual Fiscal Report – FY18

Montgomery County recently released its Popular Annual Fiscal Report (PAFR) for FY18.  Its 16 pages are full of facts about the county’s fiscal resources and expenditures. Miscellaneous data include– —  Population: 1.057 million —  Median Household income:   $103,178 —  Top employer:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  (Of the top ten employers, 4…

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