In partnership with CBSSports.com
Online Now 668
Online now 301 Record: 11761 (2/27/2012)
The Web's No. 1 forum for coverage and discussion of Terps sports
Visitor discussion of University of Maryland and college sports
A place for lively discussion for all other sports unrelated to Maryland athletics
Feedback for IMS and 247Sports
You have no favorite boards.
The most viewed topics.
The most replied to topics.
The most up-voted topics.
The most down-voted topics.
The most up-voted posters.
The most down-voted posters.
The most followed posters.
well it is a socialist country now, haven't you heard?
"Maryland football: Where everybody gets hurt and the starting left tackle has an existential crisis."
when you're paying more then 50% of your income to taxes it's understandable for folks to make that complaint
What is the state and city tax load in NYC G$? Just withholding, not real estate, big sodas, etc.
NYS ~6.5% (can go as high as 9% for income above $2 million), NYC 3.8%
A guy in the highest tax bracket will pay 50%- 55% of his income to income taxes and that's before any payroll (1.4% for medicare and 0.9% on Obamcare).
Andrews has issue with it (not sure if this is just grandstanding or not to be honest...)
Calls pay increases
Andrews is a pretty good guy, I've talked to him before.
The default assumption should be if a politician is saying it, it's grandstanding.
Especially if they're saying it to get in the news.
Are State and local income taxes deductible on the Federal tax form? Or has that changed?
They are technically deductible, but if you are in the AMT you lose that deduction and itemized deductions start being phased out when your AGI is over 300K (250K in 2013). Any NYC resident making over 150K is likely in the AMT and or worse, having their deductions phased out.
Take it easy Ron Swanson. Did I mention anything other than cops? Pretty sure the teachers have held up OK in MoCo the last 4 years. They got a raise AND backpay last spring for frozen salaries, according to this article. Better union I suppose?
Sounds like it's every government worker group for itself. If you want the drones to make less that's fine, I guess. But I sure as hell wouldn't be skimping on cops or firefighters or anyone who really matters. Who says every government worker is equal?
You say you didn't originally go to the "teachers, cops and firefighters" well, but then you go right to...yep..the "Teachers, cops, firefighters" plea anyway (minus teachers).
Government workers do not need unions, and in my opinion should never be represented by unions. Do you not have civil service protection?
No idea. Not a cop. But LOL at a cop or firefighter not having a damn union. Jesus. Yeah, I definitely trust management in any business - government or otherwise - to play by the rules without a watch dog leaning on them.
You understand the political problem with gov't worker unions, don't you? Politicians who bargain for the pay rates for workers contracts, are not disinterested in the outcome, nor playing with their own money - unlike private industry.
I see the potential conflict. And I'm willing to live with that since the alternative is worse to me. Our whole system is a series of trade offs, right? I'll make that one, I guess, to protect people who put their lives on the line. I'm sure you don't see much use for unions in the private sector, either. But that's your world view. I'm not gonna try and talk you out of it.
I think they're kind of out of date, but if workers want to organize, that's fine. And employers are free to discourage them.
The Examiner points out the craziness today...
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett's deal to give 5,000 government employees pay raises of 13.5 percent is raising questions about the cash-strapped county's pattern of big-ticket proposals without money to fund them. The raises would cost the county $11 million in the first year. What has happened to being prudent and being cautious? asked Joan Fidler, president of the Montgomery County Taxpayers League. This is going to mortgage our future. I'm not sure where he's coming from. What services is he going to cut? The county is facing a $134 million budget gap without the raise, the latest in a series of shortfalls since the recession started in 2007 -- the worst being a gap of almost $1 billion in fiscal 2011. Leggett has laid off more than 1,000 employees, furloughed workers, and slashed funding for libraries, transportation and recreation.
I'm glad someone is raising a stink over this. It's absurd.
Of course it is... lets hope something is actually done about it.
Antony Davies, an associate professor of economics at Duquesne University, said Montgomery County's approach isn't working: Raising taxes and creating new revenue streams is not the answer to closing deficits -- reducing spending is.
"County governments have to look most to cutting spending," he said. "If you keep increasing taxes, you're going to get people moving out of the area. If you get a gas tax, people will just cross the county line. Raising revenue is rarely an option."
As the above quote says, it is much easier to vote with your feet/wallet on a micro level. It is way more likely to move across county lines (or especially just buy your gas and booze one county over), then it is to leave the country if the Fed ups rates.
....word on the street is that MoCo Government Operations committee just approved some of these big raises for county employees.
I peg council with an 80% chance of agreeing with the committee recommendation.
Taxpayers ought to clean house, but then again this is MoCo, not know for anything other then spending and taxing.
Just glad I visit MoCo and don't own property there.
I have no idea how these asshats keep getting elected. Isn't MoCo supposed to have one of the most educated populations in the country?
And it seems to be working out quite well for them.
247Sports In partnership with CBS Sports