Questions for meeting of October 17, 2018 Presentation:   “Department of Liquor Control:                                Are Major Improvements Making a Difference?” Speaker:         Robert Dorfman, Director                              Department of Liquor Control                              Montgomery County 1.  A few years ago, Montgomery County was dead last in the state for liquor and beer per capita sales?  Has the situation…

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Strategic Planning Video – Board of Education

View the 98-minute presentation on the strategic plan created by the county’s Public Schools and evaluated  by Andrew Kleine.  On the resulting page click on the “video” icon, the rightmost of the four at the top of the page.

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“More misguided spending will not fix Maryland schools”

Something to think about when you vote.   From the Baltimore Sun of June 24, 2018: Maryland ranks 6th in the nation in teacher salaries and 10th in the nation in per-pupil spending, according to EdBuild. From 1998 to 2014, our research reveals Maryland increased education operating expenses by $3.8 billion in inflation adjusted dollars —…

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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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Irresponsible budgeting?

Posted  May 23, 2018, on Seventh State: And next year is already projected to see a $76.8 million shortfall after this year’s shortfall, which was over $100 million. Suppose you were an elected official reading that information.  What would you do?  Perhaps you might say, “Wow, things are kind of tight.  We need to cut…

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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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Testimony before the County Council on the Proposed FY 2019 Budget

Testimony before the County Council on the Proposed FY 2019 Budget April 11, 2018 Thank you for the opportunity to testify on the proposed FY 2019 budget. I am Joan Fidler, president of the Montgomery County Taxpayers League. I’d like to note that this is very definitely a $5.56 billion election year budget – no…

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