Sunday, March 1, 2009

Legislators avoid specifics to tough budget questions - Gazette

At Democratic club meeting, politicians outline governor's proposed cuts

by Jeremy Arias | Staff Writer | Wednesday, February 25, 2009

While the cost of teachers' pensions won't likely be handed to the county in the next two years, state and local lawmakers avoided questions regarding how cuts in the governor's proposed budget will impact the local economy in a meeting last week with residents.

With the state facing a $2 billion budget shortfall in fiscal 2009, state legislators are considering transferring teachers' pension costs from the state to county budgets. With Montgomery County facing its own $450 million deficit, the idea was tentatively dismissed by state Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. at a forum held Feb. 18 by the Greater Silver Spring Democratic Club in Takoma Park.

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