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Montgomery County Public Schools’ Failing Grade

Posted: November 24, 2015 at 9:34 pm   /   FreeState, Newsletter

By Mark Uncapher Montgomery County residents have long seen our public school system as a “crown jewel,” setting us apart from other communities. However a different reality is setting in. According to Maryland State Department of Education data, most students in Montgomery County failed to earn college-ready scores on statewide tests. Only 39 percent of […]

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County Rain Tax Scam Continues

Posted: November 24, 2015 at 9:27 pm   /   Newsletter

By Patricia Fenati When you look at your county Real Property Tax Forms, you will see a line item that is called Water Quality Protection Charge. That is the legal term for the “Rain Tax.” This moniker is, of course, not its real name. It got the nickname because it is a tax on all […]

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Montgomery Council on County Salaries: Do as We Say, Not As We Do

Posted: November 8, 2015 at 9:35 pm   /   FreeState, Newsletter

By Mark Uncapher This past week Montgomery County Council President George Leventhal and County Executive Ike Leggett engaged in a dust-up over high county employee salaries. For example, the County’s OMB Director ($216,000) and County Director of Health and Human Services ($215,000) both make more than the either the Federal OMB Director or the Secretary […]

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Redistricting Changes Coming in Maryland

Posted: November 8, 2015 at 9:30 pm   /   Newsletter

By Patricia Fenati Long before the 2020 census figures are gathered and calculated, Governor Hogan is planning to develop a better way to reconfigure congressional and state districts in Maryland. District lines will be redrawn every ten years after a constitution-required census is taken to reflect the movements of population to/from cities, suburbs and farmlands. […]

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Lesson Learned

Posted: November 8, 2015 at 5:47 pm   /   Newsletter

By J. Alexandra Tuttle Almost two weeks ago, my friend’s son was stabbed – 5 times – after leaving a “respectable establishment” in what most would consider “a safe part of town.” He was medivaced to a local hospital for treatment.   After surgery to stem the loss of blood and repair his injuries suffered, he […]

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