Letter to the Editor – In defense of the County Commissioners.

August 26, 2014

letter-to-editorIn defense of the County Commissioners.

Is it entirely the fault of the County Commissioners that teaching salaries have stagnated? What could drive them to neglect the current pay of teachers? With the advent of casino money dedicated to the schools there should be plenty to provide equitable pay to our teachers.

The 2012 referendum on casinos promised hundreds of millions of dollars for schools from the casinos. According to Megan Brockett of Southern Maryland News Net the Education Trust Fund received over $700 million gambling dollars. That should have been enough. However the legislature reduced the general fund money that had been going to the schools by the same amount, stagnating state support for the schools after promising more.

At the same time teacher¹s pension costs were passed from the state to the counties in another legislative act passed over the protests of teachers and school districts. The legislature balked at raising taxes themselves but passed this troublesome opportunity on to the counties Our County Commissioners have had to cope with increasing responsibility for school funding while simultaneously receiving less from Annapolis.

Decisions made by governor O¹Malley and his legislature, including our own John Bohannan, are coming to rest on the Commissioner¹s shoulders and especially on the teachers.

References:
http://smnewsnet.com/archives/107327/despite-campaign-promises-casinos-not-s
chools-are-big-winners-from-gaming-profits/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/compromise-on-maryland-teach
er-pensions-likely-to-please-few/2012/03/07/gIQACXqvxR_story.html

8 Responses to Letter to the Editor – In defense of the County Commissioners.

  1. Anonymous on August 26, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Is John Bohanan running for office? I really he should not be in office. We need officials who will look out for schools and teachers. Teachers salaries should be raised by half of what they r being paid.

  2. Bobo on August 26, 2014 at 10:13 am

    One more reason to turn the state red in the next election. Go Hogan!

  3. Anonymous on August 26, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    TEACHERS ARE OVERPAID AND UNDERWORKED NOW!

    DON’T GIVE THEM ANOTHER CENT!

    GO ELSEWHERE IF YOU THINK IT IS SO BAD IN ST. MARYS…..

    • Eric on August 26, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      Agree with you 100%. If the state or government decided to stop giving out the candy money and they will be completely different. So, why should we keep funding the failed education system? We have spent 1,000% more than what we have spent 10 years ago, and yet our students are dumber than 10 years ago. It is time for us to say no more money for you all unless you improves the result. We are taxed to death, so enough is enough.

  4. ML on August 27, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Retiring next year, no doubt I’ll be leaving this Blue Left Wing State!! “See ya, wouldn’t want to be ya”

    • Richardbahlzach on August 27, 2014 at 10:07 am

      Good Luck!! We will all soon be fallowing in your dust. God Speed fellow American…..and remember, all Liberals would gladly burn the country to the ground, as long as they can rule over the ash heap.

  5. DJ on August 27, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Do you know that Baltimore City is given twice the amount per student than St. Mary’s County. Can you not see this administration is about handouts to particular areas to keep the vote. I can’t believe I even See 1 brown/Ulman sign up. Please folks get out and support Larry hogan. he is the only chance we have of saving this state…

  6. DJ on August 27, 2014 at 9:39 am

    And this goes for you Teachers. You need to stop voting for the party that your teacher’s union tells you to. This administration is at fault for your current situation.