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Old 03-11-2012, 08:55 AM
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Md. budget would tip balance of power, giving state more say in education - The Washington Post

Essentially, the State can redirect County tax revenue to education. Many, including myself, consider this a major power grab by the O' Malley Administration.

What is interesting is that County leaders were unaware of it until a hearing the other day.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:18 AM
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This on top of the push to force counties to pay for teacher pensions and proposed sales tax on gasoline sales......among other Big Government ticket items being pushed by O'Malley. Maryland looks less and less appealing every single day in my view.
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Old 03-16-2012, 04:20 AM
Location: Greenville, NC
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They're calling this a solution to the education funding problem. It is not a solution. It merely shifts the problem directly to the counties. As has been pointed out, the solution is many part. Instead of trying to provide an Ivy League school education on the backs of taxpayers, how about they let private schools do that. The brutal truth is that most kids aren't that smart. Their average IQ is 100. The majority of them will just be middle class worker bees that don't need a Ivy League education.

And a switch from a defined pension is needed now. Although this problem hasn't really reared it's ugly head yet, it will. California's Calipers defined benefit state employee pension is so broke they are trying to force private employers into the system just to raise more cash. That may fix the problem at this moment but when all of those additional people start drawing those defined benefits it will crash their system. The same thing will happen in Maryland.
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