Never Forget

9-11NeverForget

We in the KCC family pause to remember the victims of September 11, 2001 and pray for the families they left behind. We praise the heroic actions of so many brave Americans that day. We pray for the military members who were ultimately called to fight and for the families of those who never returned home. We also remember who the perpetrators of this massacre were, their motives and their methods and pray that our government remembers.

New Dress Code will Heat Things Up

A new Field Staff Dress Code for Carroll County government employees working in the field (outdoors) is about to be implemented, but it applies only to those “field ” employees within the Permits and Inspections Department. The new dress code mandates these employees no longer wear short pants, which makes high heat days more bearable, but wear jeans, dress or Khaki style pants at all times.

For these county employees this change will bring an increased hazard to their job in the form of heat.

From 2012 to 2015 Westminster has averaged 19 days a year which are 90 degrees or higher and this year Westminster is already above the average.

Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) indicates that heat conditions are important to employee safety and health and that heavier clothing contributes to heat stress. The new Field Dress Code makes employee work conditions less productive because they will need more water, shade and cooling opportunities and faster access to medical attention. It will put employees at more risk of heat related illness.

This rule should be reworked to focus less on ‘professional appearances’ and more on employee productivity and health, reducing rather than increasing employee and taxpayer risk.

Employees will not appear more professional when their new dress code makes them sweat more and need more cooling breaks, nor when they succumb to the heat more easily.

The danger is addressed in the OSHA web site on heat illness:

Most people can work safely when the heat index is <91°F with only basic measures for worker safety and health, as required by the OSH Act. As minimum measures, employers have a duty to:

  • Provide adequate amounts of drinking water in convenient, visible locations close to the work area.
  • Ensure that adequate medical services are available. Where medical services are not available within 3-4 minutes, have appropriately trained personnel and adequate medical supplies on site.
  • Additional precautions are advisable based on site conditions, work load, and protective clothing use:
  • Moderate Risk Conditions exist if heat index is close to 91°F OR work is being conducted in direct sunshine or without a light breeze.
  • Follow additional precautions for workers wearing heavy or non-breathable clothing or impermeable chemical protective clothing because they are at greater risk even when the risk to other workers is lower. Workers in heavy, non-breathable or “impermeable” protective clothing can experience heat-related illness at temperatures as low as 70°F.

Contact the commissioners at commissioners@ccg.carr.org to comment on this new dress policy before it is implemented this week.

Shattering America’s Trance Workshop – October 3rd

image001Shattering America’s Trance

is a workshop for citizens that teaches how to use non-political language to alert community members to current issues, then engage them to stop the uncontrolled spread of government.

WHEN: Saturday, October 3, 2015   8:30 AM to 4:30PM
WHERE: Mt. Airy Public Library, 705 Ridge Road, Mt. Airy, Maryland 21771
COST: $35.00  per person, Senior Couples 1/2 price
RSVP: catheyallison@hotmail.com

For more info about the teacher and his workshop, checkout his website, http://shatteringamericastrance.com/.

Are the Liberal Arts Liberal?

Ian Betteridge’s “law of headlines” states, “Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no,” and my headline does not differ. As a firm proponent of the Liberal Arts, with over a decade of experience of higher education experience in the field, I am baffled as to how anyone could pose the question let alone argue the point. The Liberal Arts are the very essence of Classical Education, and Classical Education is the foundation of Conservatism. Because positing a truth is not enough, an in-depth analysis is necessary to make the point.

A traditional understanding of the “Liberal Arts,” known as a “Classical Education,” is defined as either one of two things: first, it is the study of Ancient Greek and Latin language and texts; or second, it is the study of the trivium (grammar, logic, and rhetoric) and the quadrivium (astronomy, arithmetic, music, and geometry). The “Great Books” programs consist of both: they combine the Greek and Roman classics with Medieval and Modern Classics to form a canon that spans history. Often, “Liberal Arts” takes a more modern approach and is just a mixture of courses that span the fields of art, history, literature, math, philosophy, science, and theology.

To summarize, the “Liberal Arts” are a study of knowledge itself, with no discipline ignored or left behind. The field represents the the truth in its most complete sense and, as such, is constantly being fought over because those who control the truth can control the people.

In a piece titled “How Austerity Killed the Humanities,” Andrew Hartman claims, “Yet all sides in these culture wars believed a humanities education—history, literature, languages, philosophy—was inherently important in a democratic society. In short, the humanities were taken for granted. In our current age of austerity, this is no longer the case. Many Americans no longer think the humanities worthy of public support. This is especially true of conservatives, who in their quest to cut off state support to higher education have abandoned the humanities entirely.”

The evidence? Governor Scott Walker decreased funding for public schools and Governor Rick Scott wanted tuition to be increased. This symbolized “anti-intellectualism” with a “strong animus against the idea that learning about humanity is a worthy pursuit regardless of its lack of obvious labor market applicability.”

A similar article for Salon by Katie Billotte declared in its title “Conservatives Killed the Liberal Arts” before arguing, “They have done so through a combination of decreasing access to education and demonizing academic culture and academics. Make no mistake about it: The death of the humanities is an ideologically motivated murder, more like a massacre.”

She goes on to claim, “This war on the liberal arts is born from the same desire that produces voter ID laws: a desire to limit democratic participation. The goal of a liberal arts education was never primarily direct economic benefit for the recipient or even the sort of personal/spiritual development about which many like to wax lyrically. The purpose of a liberal arts education was always meant to be a political education… Thus, history, rhetoric and literature were seen as the skills a citizen needed for his job: governing. This was just like metal working was the skill required of a blacksmith for his profession. This is why 19th century reformers eager to expand political participation concentrated so much attention on expanding access to the liberal arts.”

At first glance, it is odd, with the Liberal Arts’s focus on citizenship and tradition that Conservatives are being blamed. However, it is easiest to mislead when your arguments appear sound. By saying what was the Liberal Arts, then arguing that the current “Liberal Arts” are under assault, it is easy to claim that Conservatives killed the Liberal Arts. However, the current corpse is an impostor that should have never existed.

Allan Bloom, in his seminal work The Closing of the American Mind, argued that the march of relativism and deconstructionism led to the destruction of the Liberal Arts. Instead of creating citizens with a strong background in their cultural heritage, higher education became a tool to challenge the social establishment. Morals and ethics were replaced by ideas cloaked in terms of freedom and progress. To Bloom, “The liberally educated person is one who is able to resist the easy and preferred answers, not because he is obstinate but because he knows others worthy of consideration. Although it is foolish to believe that book learning is anything like the whole of education, it is always necessary, particularly in ages when there is a poverty of living examples of the possible high human types” (21).

At the heart of his book, Bloom points out how the lack of reading leads to the disappearance of the individual’s quest for knowledge: “The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency–the belief that the here and now is all there is. The only way to counteract this tendency is to intervene most vigorously in the education of those few who come to the university with a strong urge for un je ne sais quoi, who fear that they may fail to discover it, and that the cultivation of their mind is required for the success of their quest…. Teachers of writing in state universities, among the noblest and most despised laborers in the academy, have told me that they cannot teach writing to students who do not read, and that it is practically impossible to get them to read, let alone like it. This is where high schools have failed most, filled with teachers who are products of the sixties and reflecting the pallor of university-level humanities. The old teachers who loved Shakespeare or Austen or Donne, and whose only reward for teaching was the perpetuation of their taste, have all but disappeared” (65).

Why did reading disappear? There were many causes, but one was the assault on what were traditionally considered essentials of the Western Canon. Radical politics led to a purging of studies that forever scarred the field: “The latest enemy of the vitality of classic text is feminism. The struggle against elitism and racism in the sixties and seventies had little direct effect on students’ relations to books. The democratization of the universities helped dismantle its structure and caused it to lose its focus… So activism has been directed against the content of books. The latest translations of Biblical text… suppresses gender references to God, so that future generations will not have to grapple with the fact that God was once a sexist. But this technique has only limited applicability. Another tactic is to expunge the most offensive authors–for example, Rousseau–from the education of the young or to include feminist responses in college courses, pointing out the distorting prejudices, and using the books only as evidence of the misunderstanding of woman’s nature and the history of injustice to it” (65-66).

Even with a radical alteration of the Western canon, it is still possible that individuals were able to read and thus develop their soul and consciousness. However, the increase of relativism imposed to destroy the traditional hierarchical sources of power (the “patriarchy,” the “church,” the “rich,” the “conservative”) made it impossible for individuals to ever truly develop a system of virtue grounded in tradition: “Liberation from the heroic means that they have no resources whatsoever against conformity to the current ‘role models.’ They are constantly thinking of themselves in terms of fixed standards that they did not make. Instead of being overwhelmed by Cyrus, Theseus, Moses or Romulus, they unconsciously act out the roles of the doctors, lawyers, businessmen or TV personalities around them. One can only pity young people without admirations they can respect or avow, who are artificially restrained from the enthusiasm for great virtue” (66-67).

Bloom goes further into the ramifications of moral relativism imposed as a means to support political radicalism, and he shows how some conservative viewpoints contributed to the problem: “In encouraging this deformity, democratic relativism joins a branch of conservatism that is impressed by the dangerous political consequences of idealism. These conservatives want young people to know that this tawdry old world cannot respond to their demands for perfection… To attempt to suppress this most natural of all inclinations because of possible abuses is, almost literally, to throw out the baby with the bath. Utopianism is, as Plato taught us at the outset, the fire with which we must play because it is the only way we can find out what we are. We need to criticize false understandings of Utopia, but the easy way out provided by realism is deadly. As it now stands, students have power images of what a perfect body is and pursue it incessantly. But deprived of literary guidance, they no longer have any image of a perfect soul, and hence do not long to have one. They do not even imagine that there is such a thing” (67).

The Conservatives afraid of an idealistic population because of how it can spur radical movements (Beats, Hippies, etc.) were quick to support any system that destroyed ideals. Unfortunately, that same minority failed to realize how ideals were essential to conservative thought and grounded in tradition. By disassociating morality and ideals with tradition, they only further the Liberal desire to completely redefine the Liberal Arts. Thus, the fearful Conservatives create a system that ignores tradition and traditional morality, thus leading to what they fear most.

Bloom then describes his own experience of trying to understand the moral compass of his students: “Who do you think is evil? To this one there is an immediate response: Hitler. (Stalin is hardly mentioned.) After him, who else?… They have no idea of evil; they doubt its existence. Hitler is just another abstraction, an item to fill up an empty category. Although they live in a world in which the most terrible deeds are being performed and they see brutal crime in the streets, they turn aside. Perhaps they believe that evil deeds are performed by person who, if they got the proper therapy, would not do them again–that there are evil deeds, not evil people. There is no Inferno in this comedy. Thus, the most common student view lacks an awareness of the depths as well as the heights, and hence lacks gravity” (67).

By ignore the Great Books and the Western Canon, students are unable to understand their cultural traditions, understand American morality, or how to think for themselves. Thus, the academics are able to substitute their own thoughts and plans. History is replaced by anti-colonialist thought. Economics is replaced by vague notions of Socialism. Art is replaced by deconstructed nonsense that cares more about offending than embracing the sublime. Politics is replaced by radical political correctness. At no time is the student able to recognize these changes; they were denied their cultural heritage that would make the disconnect more obvious.

We, as Conservatives, are the champions of history and tradition. Conservatism implies that we are cautious in adopting new things, and we avoid the traps of change for change’s sake. We are tradition focused because we recognize there is plenty of good to be found in our heritage.

The myth being expounded now is that the Liberal Arts are Liberal and Conservatives are trying to destroy it. By blaming us, pundits gain either an attack against their enemy or secured funding for their programs of indoctrination. Neither will develop the soul of the citizen or preserve the essence of American liberty.

Joseph Epstein, in an article for The Weekly Standard titled “Who Killed the Liberal Arts,” followed in Bloom’s path: “Universities had long before opened themselves up to teaching books and entire subjects that had no real place in higher education. Take journalism schools. Everyone who has ever worked on a newspaper knows that what one learns in four years in journalism school can be acquired in less than two months working on a newspaper… Then there is the business school, especially in its MBA version. Business schools are not about education at all, but about so-called networking and establishing, for future employers, a credential demonstrating that one will do anything to work for them—even give up two years of income and pay high tuition fees for an MBA to do so.”

He then describes how the liberal academic spell the end of the Liberal Arts: “Soon, the guys in the next room, in their hunger for relevance and their penchant for self-indulgence, began teaching books for reasons external to their intrinsic beauty or importance, and attempted to explain history before discovering what actually happened. They politicized psychology and sociology, and allowed African-American studies an even higher standing than Greek and Roman classics. They decided that the multicultural was of greater import than Western culture. They put popular culture on the same intellectual footing as high culture (Conrad or graphic novels, three hours credit either way). And, finally, they determined that race, gender, and social class were at the heart of all humanities and most social science subjects. With that finishing touch, the game was up for the liberal arts.”

Should we continue to promote or fund the public schools that support the “Liberal Arts” but have no clue about the term? No, no one should in their right mind ever attempt to defend such a debasement of education. Instead, we should devote our efforts to promote the real proponents of Liberal Arts. Locally in Maryland, we have St. John’s College, of which I was fortunate to graduate.

There are Great Books programs at Gutenberg College (OR), Hillsdale College (MI), and Shimer College (IL). Also, there are many Catholic and Protestant colleges that promote the Great Books as essential to understanding faith, such as: Grove City College (PA), Thomas More College (NH), Thomas Aquinas College (CA), and programs at St. Mary’s College (CA) and University of Dallas (TX). Beyond the college level, there are many home school programs and private schools that embrace the Classical Education and promote the Liberal Arts. They are great programs that place more importance on tradition than political and cultural fads.

You can also further your own studies of the Great Books and the Western Canon. All of the works are available in the Public Domain and are free to access. Many Conservative groups and Conservative writers, such as myself, incorporate these traditional works into our writing to show that Conservatism is grounded in a beautiful intellectual tradition.

Conservatives are the proponents of truth and of tradition. Our tradition is rich and intellectual, and our greatest defense is to promote our heritage with like-minded individuals. Those who attack Conservatives will condemn us as ignorant and anti-intellectual because they want to undermine what makes our society so great.

Whether you are a business professional or a blue collar worker, studying these works strengthens your relationship with your community and informs all aspects of your decisions. By studying the great minds, you can never lose out.

* Bloom, Allan. Closing of the American Mind. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007

By Jeffrey Peters, Political consultant based in Annapolis, MD 
and a resident of Manchester, MD.

Hogan Prevails – McIntosh Fails

By Jeffrey Peters, Political consultant based in Annapolis, MD 
and a resident of Manchester, MD.

Recently, Delegate Maggie McIntosh, Chairman of Maryland’s House of Delegates Appropriations Committee, decried the move by Governor Larry Hogan to restore $75 million in state employee pension obligation debt payments instead of providing option education spending. What the Chairman reveals is a willingness to completely disregard the provisions of the Maryland Constitution.

MAGGIE McINTOSH Democrat, District 43, Baltimore City House Office Building, Room 121 6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401 (410) 841-3407, (301) 858-3407 maggie.mcintosh@house.state.md.us Maggie has worked in government her whole life - since 1992.  Her resume touts not one single day in the private sector. She was born and raised in Quinter, Kansas. Way to go Baltimore City - you elected a real peach.

MAGGIE McINTOSH
Democrat, District 43, Baltimore City
House Office Building, Room 121
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3407, (301) 858-3407
Maggie has worked in government since 1992. Her resume touts not one single day in the private sector.
She was born and raised in Quinter, Kansas.
Way to go Baltimore City – you elected a real peach.

When the Governor introduced his budget, he provided for $150 million in payments to the state’s pension fund. The Chairman of Appropriations cut the provision and then chose to add many additional spending measures.

According to Article III, Section 52 of the Maryland Constitution: “and the General Assembly may amend the bill by increasing or diminishing the items therein relating to the General Assembly, and by increasing or diminishing the items therein relating to the judiciary, but except as hereinbefore specified, may not alter the said bill except to strike out or reduce items therein”

Any additions made by the committee are invalid and cannot be allowed under state law. The Governor is Constitutionally obligated to ignore any such provisions and is prohibited from spending any money on those provisions. Legally speaking, the Governor could not spend any of the additional money added by the committee even if he wanted to because it was illegally and unconstitutionally added.

Could such unconstitutional actions jeopardize the rest of the budget bill? No: “If any item of any appropriation bill passed under the provisions of this Section shall be held invalid upon any ground, such invalidity shall not affect the legality of the bill or of any other item of such bill or bills.”

This clause predicts unconstitutional provisions being added to the budget and makes it clear that such cannot be tolerated. Previous generations were well aware of the temptation to abuse authority and ensured that such abuses could be addressed.

Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland. Republican.

Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland. Republican.

Now, this clause only provides that the additional spending (all additional spending, not just the education related additions) is illegal. How then do we justify the Governor restoring the debt payment? The Constitution makes it clear that “The General Assembly shall not amend the Budget Bill so as to affect either the obligations of the State under Section 34 of Article III of the Constitution…or the payment of any salaries required to be paid by the State of Maryland by the Constitution thereof”

By removing the original debt payment provisions, the Appropriations Committee illegally and unconstitutionally removed both a salary obligation and a debt service obligation. It is impossible for the Governor and the General Assembly to not make these payments.

Not only is the Governor obligated under state law and the Constitution to strip the additional funding, but he MUST restore the debt payment. It is a disservice to the people of Maryland to have a Committee Chairman and her staff not only take blatantly illegal actions regarding the budget but to vigorously defend said illegal actions.

Urge County Execs to Continue Support of the Clean Chesapeake Coalition (CCC)

Concerned Carroll Residents: please testify on the need to maintain our county’s participation in the Clean Chesapeake Coalition (CCC).

CleanChesapeakeWHEN:  10AM Thursday Morning   5/21/2015 in the 3rd floor hearing room at 225 N Center Street.

STATUS:
Commissioners Steve Wantz and Richard Rothschild strongly support staying in the CCC.
Frazier definitely opposes.
Weaver has been back and forth.
Howard has been mostly hostile.

BENEFITS of CCC (Your speaking points):

1) CCC: First to identify the pollution and costs coming through the Conowingo Dam.

2) CCC: First to intervene with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and delay relicensing of the Dam until the parties address the pollution and sediment problem in the Conowingo Dam Pool on the north side of the Dam.

3) CCC: First to do calculations that show the futility of stormwater management efforts compared to the huge volume of pollution that come through the dam.

4) The Clean Chesapeake Coalition is our strongest voice in efforts to bring real science; real facts and figures; and real economics to cleanup of the Bay.

5) Without the Clean Chesapeake Coalition, there is no one else to do the research and position papers too refute dishonest claims of radical environmental groups.

6) The Clean Chesapeake Coalition is the only group with the ability to challenge the lawsuit between environmental groups and the EPA.   This lawsuit led to a “CONSENT AGREEMENT” that denied the counties due process.  Carroll received no due-process and is forced to spend tens of millions of dollars to perform under a consent agreement where we had no voice.  It is time to go to federal court and demand the Consent Agreement be challenged under the constitutional argument that the counties were denied due process.

7)  The unchecked radical agendas of the EPA and MDE are two of the greatest threats to our farmers, businesses, and property rights.

8) $25K a year is a small price to pay in order to defend ourselves from regulatory tyranny and mandates that cost us millions.

9)  CCC: Armed Larry Hogan with speaking points that helped defeat Brown in the recent election.

10) Without the CCC, there is little hope for relief from expensive environmental mandates that threaten our ability to fund schools, law enforcement, and infrastructure.

11) Chesapeake Bay Foundation spent $32M last year to promote their radical agenda that lacks any cost-benefit analysis.  The CCC budget is 1/100th of the CBF, yet, the CCC has put the CBF on the defensive, and has been winning mindshare throughout the state.

12) CCC has identified doctored photos that were edited by a Federal Agency, in an apparent attempt to hide the fact that the sediment pollution plume is coming from the Conwingo Dam.

PLEASE GET YOUR FRIENDS AND COME AND TESTIFY!

A Smaller But Better School System – Finally! The Facts…

by Commissioner Richard Rothschild

richardrothschildDuring the recent election there was a slew of inaccurate information regarding our schools. Funding misinformation; salary increase misinformation; class size misinformation. You name it.  And there were inaccurate story-lines, aided and abetted by a few candidates who stood to gain from repeating misconceptions.

During the March 31 2015 Board of Education budget discussions, clarity and facts finally surfaced. Let’s review a few:

  • Carroll County has been losing students quicker than it has been losing teachers. During the next three years we will lose another 1,000 to 1,200 students. Because of this, the ratio of students-to-teachers went down.
  • Student-to-teacher ratios in Carroll County are lower than Montgomery, Baltimore, Frederick and Washington counties, and they continue to drop. We’ve already lost about 3,000 students, or the equivalent of four middle schools. If Carroll County redistricted, consolidated partially empty classrooms and simply matched the student-to-teacher ratio of Montgomery County, we may save $7 million a year and eliminate two-thirds of the school system’s budget shortfall.
  • Decommissioning a few end-of-life schools, providing we do not build unnecessary new schools, would cover the remainder of the shortfall.
  • Teacher salaries remained steady, but during the past three years the board of education issued a 2.5 percent step adjustment; $11 million in bonuses; and county taxpayers provided $15 million in pension subsidies. Ironically, because of contractual technicalities, none of these is considered an increase. Pay raises associated with promotions or additional responsibilities are also not defined as increases.
  • Total education funding per student in Carroll County is midpoint within Maryland. Our per-student funding is higher than 11 other counties, including Harford, Frederick, Anne Arundel and Cecil.

Our funding effort for education, which measures spending against wealth, ranks us 6th highest in the state. What does this tell us? These indicators demonstrate we do not have a funding problem. We have an overhead and inefficiencies problem as a result of declining enrollments. Partially empty schools do not operate efficiently.

For example, imagine three schools each operating a Calculus class with 12 students each. Three teachers are needed. Redistricting could enable the system to consolidate into only two classes of 18 students each.

So, what’s the real problem?

We are trying to carry too much infrastructure on the backs of too few students. Using state approved capacity measurements, our system was originally sized for 31,000 students. By 2021, because of an aging population and declining birthrates, our enrollment is projected to drop to 24,000 or less.

Meanwhile, debate continues between me and my colleague, Commissioner Doug Howard. I’ve asked several of his supporters to articulate exactly what the “Howard Plan” was to solve the financial challenges of our school system, and I received blank stares. This was the correct response, because there is no credible plan.

Commissioners Dennis Frazier and Howard both appear to have telegraphed some level of receptivity to the possibility of tax increases. Hopefully they’ll prove me wrong. I will need help from commissioners Richard Weaver and Stephen Wantz to prevent a tax increase. Personally, I cannot justify raising taxes to continually increase operating funds for a shrinking school system. The more enrollment declines, the more money the system requests from taxpayers. This is financially unsustainable. And, don’t be fooled, even though revenue is up slightly, much of it is already spent as a result of prior years’ budgets that I vigorously opposed because they were the budgeting equivalent of spending your chickens before they’re hatched.

Now what?

I believe our citizens are salt-of-the-earth common-sense responsible people who will support difficult decisions as long as we are truthful, candid and share the facts with them. Please support our school superintendent and those members of the board of education who understand the need to make the difficult but necessary decisions to transform into a slightly smaller but higher quality school system. This will improve our school system’s ability to meet the needs of our children, and improve the board of education’s ability to meet the expectations of employees without imposing additional financial burdens on weary taxpayers.

 

Mike Miller’s Rain Tax Bill: a Sopping Mess for Tax Payers

By: Robin Bartlett Frazier

Lousy bills are often given nice-sounding names that pressure legislators to vote favorably for those bills.  I was thinking of the Fairness for All Marylanders Act.  How could one possibly be against a bill with that title?  That was the infamous Bathroom Bill that gave transgenders the right to use the bathroom of the opposite sex; a bill that benefits few transgenders and puts all girls at risk.  How about the Sustainable Growth & Agriculture Preservation Act?  Sounds good but that’s the Septic bill that steals property rights without due process or just compensation.  It should be called the Sustainable Smart Growth and Agricultural Decimation bill.

Now we have the Rain Tax Repeal bill, HB 481 /SB 588, which sounds good and has even fooled Republican Senators, but is NOT a good bill for taxpayers.  Senator Miller’s Rain Tax Repeal bill may remove the state mandate for certain counties to implement a Rain Tax (Carroll County previously said NO, as you may recall) but it does what liberals love to do – it grows government bureaucracy.  Here are three ways the Miller bill will cost taxpayers, even in Carroll where we said NO.

  1. The bill will require more reporting and new reporting to the legislature.  Why? Reporting is already in place in order to keep permits current and to be in compliance.  New reporting will mean someone has to develop it, implement it, review it and analyze it.  All counties will have to do this whether they implemented the Rain Tax or not and it means one thing:  More bureaucracy and more taxes.
  2. Veterans are exempt.  What does that mean?  VFWs? Or any property that any veteran owns?  This is not equal protection under the law.    Veterans were willing to fight and die for the freedom of ALL citizens.  I believe they would agree:  if they are exempt, all citizens should be exempt.  Exemptions by the way are usually a red flag that the legislation is poor.   Who will determine which properties are veteran owned, keep those records up to date, answer questions and solve problems?  More bureaucracy and more taxes.
  3. Non-profits may file for a hardship exemption and have a special formula implemented to give them relief.   That’s right, it will take more government workers and cost more taxes to develop and oversee this aspect of the bill.   I thought non-profits already were exempt from paying taxes.  Rain Taxes don’t count?

Republicans, may I remind you, our party principles oppose increasing state government over-reach into areas that should be decided by local jurisdictions.  True Republicans are against growing government bureaucracy and more unnecessary spending.  Let’s get it right in the House.  Kill Senator Millers’ liberal so called Rain Tax Repeal bill which should be called the Repeal the Rain Tax Mandate and Ratchet up the Bureaucracy and Spending bill.  Urge your Carroll Delegates Krebs, Shoemaker, and Rose not to showboat this vote, but look at the facts and vote NO!

Part 4: Does Hogan Even Know Your Name

Copy of an open letter from the four conservatives on Carroll County Republican Central Committee to applicants for the D5 seat.

 

Dear Applicant,

Since information coming from the Carroll County Central Committee Chair, Vice Chair and/or Secretary is slow at best and often nonexistent, Amy, Melissa and Jim and I wanted to keep you up to date on what we know about the D5 Delegate seat selection process so far. 

The Governor’s Office of Appointments has held its interviews for this seat and finished as of yesterday, Thursday, March 12th.  According to Office of Appointments’ Interviewer and 1st Vice Chair of the Montgomery County Central Committee, Katja Bullock, six applicants were interviewed for this position. 

We do not know who they interviewed or how they were selected, so if you were one of those interviewed we would like to congratulate you and wish you good luck in the remaining selection process.  If you were not one of those interviewed, please accept our thanks for your interest in this position and we hope that you will remain active in local politics.

Amy, Melissa, Jim, and I invite you to attend our upcoming Central Committee meeting on Thursday, March 26, at 6:30, at the Westminster Senior Center, where you are free to ask any questions of the Central Committee you might have, or if you cannot attend the meeting and have questions feel free to contact our Committee Chairman Dave Jones.

I hope to see you at our next meeting.

Kathy Fuller
Carroll County Republican Central Committee member