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Elimination of the personal property tax should not be considered in a vacuum. Blowing a hole in county budgets will not be popular unless accompanied by offsetting increases in state grants or decreases in state-mandated spending.

One way to compensate counties for eliminating personal property taxes would be to make them whole on highway user fees - ending the O'Malley practice of looting that revenue to balance the budget. Cancelling downstate mass transit boondoggles would more than pay for that and leave county governments even or possibly ahead after eliminating personal property taxes.

Yep, I've had them a couple of times recently.

Allegany County Discussion / Re: Light bulb moment for Delegate-Elect McKay
« on: December 18, 2014, 11:45:50 PM »
McKay is really not very good on economic freedom issues. During the campaign, he also came out against right-to-work legislation.

Far from a free marketeer, he's really shaping up to be more of a big government Christian - a la Rick Santorum or Mike Huckabee.

Breaking News / Re: Shooting on Decatur?
« on: December 18, 2014, 12:30:42 AM »
There were definitely shots fired. Several witnesses saw two black males fleeng the scene.

I don't know if anyone was hit; I didn't see any ambulances anyway.

Local Politics / Re: Jake Shade will not be working for Jason Buckel.
« on: December 13, 2014, 02:50:18 AM »
If he were going to work for Brian Frosh, I guess I'd be more worried. :)

Local Politics / Re: Jake Shade will not be working for Jason Buckel.
« on: December 12, 2014, 05:32:01 PM »
And we already have our first potential conflict of interest.

Here is how it will go down:

1.  BOE submits wishlist to state delegation.
2.  Buckel politically has to support Hogan's budget, which will include a bunch of cuts to many items on the list (it simply has to with the prjected deficit and Hoagn's unwillingness to find new revenue).
3.  Buckel then has to say, if the BOE wants these items, many of which are traditionally funded by the State, they must be funded by the County Commissioners.  Buckel will refuse to oppose Hogan's cuts that will hurt Allegany County.
4.  Jake Shade may want to say, "We need more fundng for these important items from the State."  But he can't, because if he does, Jason Buckel will fire him.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly how this ugly conflict of interest will pop up time and time again.

People who belong to the same political party tend to espouse similar policies - film at 11! :)

Local Events / Re: Allegany Boardgaming Society
« on: December 12, 2014, 12:37:31 AM »
Since not everyone can make it out on Saturday afternoons to play board games, we're going to start playing on some Friday nights - starting tomorrow!

The Allegany Boardgaming Society will be hold its next Game Day on:

Friday, December 12th, from 7PM to midnight, at the LaVale Martin's cafe

New gamers are very welcome! We have lots of games to play, and we're happy to teach. Hope to see some folks there!

National Politics / Re: Police brutality
« on: December 11, 2014, 04:36:50 PM »
Two or three grown men kneeling on your back will kill anybody.

See Kelly Thomas, Ethan Saylor, Luis Rodriguez, and many others killed by police in this fashion.

Allegany County Discussion / Re: Who Needs An Auditorium?
« on: December 11, 2014, 01:57:00 PM »
There's nothing easier than spending other people's money.

Local Politics / Re: PHAA Votes To Submit Autocross Plan To FAA
« on: December 08, 2014, 12:51:19 PM »
I am not well versed in autocross I admit. My logic tells me rather than a 1or 2 day autocross event that we would be better served promoting improved runways and enhanced technology at our airport to businesses willing to locate here and perhaps a small shuttle service to regional locations.
  Well that's my two cents if it makes any sense to anyone.

It's not an either/or. Racing cars at the airport once in a while doesn't prevent runway improvements or anything else that might happen there.

Breaking News / Re: Ferguson in Turmoil
« on: December 04, 2014, 11:43:08 AM »
Government is force.

When you put government in charge of every decision - from what substances you put in your body, to how you choose to gamble, to (in Eric Garner's case) how cigarettes are sold - then you get more force.

Changing the way the police operate is important, but so is giving them fewer reasons to exercise force. Think about Eric Garner the next time someone says, "There ought to be a law." Think about whether it's worth killing someone over.

Local Politics / Re: Commissioners Violate Open Meetings Act,,,,,Again
« on: December 04, 2014, 12:46:11 AM »
Okay Marc and Jeff, which one of you will be filing the complaint? If it was a violation, then Jake Shade is as guilty. Right?

Jake Shade is not a commissioner yet.  This would be laughable were it not common place.  The Times News has went after them on this very type of issue before.  Marc is exactly right.  I'm a big proponent of smaller government that is accountable.  Since the election, not yet a month ago, we have seen two actions from this BOC that are amazing.  First, Creade, who I believe is by far the most honest person on the BOC, is reappointed to the PHAA in absentia, and now this.  This stuff would be hard to make up if you were trying to produce a circus like atmosphere over there. 

Please know I have absolutely nothing personal against anyone there.  Valentine Plumbing has done some very good work for my company.  I get my clothing dry cleaned at Mike's place.  All top shelf.  And I also believe they have done some very good things, but I have to wonder who the heck is steering the boat when actions like these are conducted.

It was 3 people. Having the general public there would not have made any difference. All they could do was sit in their seats and be bored. With just 3 people involved I would hardly call it a violation of the open meetings law which was meant for larger events and the involvement of the general public. The General Public has NO ROLL in who is elected President of the BOC.

Right... The fact that no one else was there is the problem.

Are you seriously OK with public officials meeting and making decisions in secret?

Local Politics / Re: Commissioners Violate Open Meetings Act,,,,,Again
« on: December 02, 2014, 12:32:54 AM »
According to the Maryland Open Meetings Act, 

“Meet” means to convene a quorum of a public body to consider or transact public business.

Deciding how to vote at an upcoming meeting is certainly transacting public business, even if it didn't happen at the county building. The Open Meetings Compliance Board has previously ruled:

we deem it “an impermissible circumvention of the Act for a public body to use ... an informal gathering as a device to script discussion at the following meeting, to set the agenda for discussion, or to discuss the merits of any matter that is to be dealt with at the meeting proper.”

That is precisely what happened.

Breaking News / Re: Ferguson in Turmoil
« on: November 26, 2014, 05:40:13 PM »
As someone who follows police killings pretty closely, my comment on the Michael Brown shooting and subsequent outrage is - why this one? No video, conflicting witnesses, a less-than-sympathetic victim...

I think police use of force is out of control, but there are much better hills to die on.

How about this toddler who had his face burned by a flash-bang during a no-knock drug raid?

Or this 12-year-old who was shot and killed while holding a toy gun?

Or this unarmed man shot to death in Utah - a state where 15% of homicides are committed by police?

It goes without saying that looting the Dollar General is a pretty stupid response to what happened. But we shouldn't let those actions cloud the fact that police in this country have a serious problem with the use of force.

General / Sauerkraut?
« on: November 26, 2014, 12:49:21 PM »
A New York Times story has been going around that lists which Thanksgiving foods are unusually popular in each state. Maryland's unusually popular food is sauerkraut.

Growing up in Baltimore, everyone I knew had sauerkraut on the table at Thanksgiving. Is that true up here as well, or is there another Thanksgiving food unique to the area?

National Politics / Amnesty!
« on: November 21, 2014, 12:51:38 PM »
Can''t wait for President Rand Paul's executive amnesty for hardworking families burdened by the threat of crushing federal taxes...

Anyone who fails to file a tax return ("undocumented workers," let's call them) is hereby deferred from prosecution for tax evasion. Congress has sadly failed to abolish the federal income tax - so President Paul was forced to act. :)

Local Politics / Re: is to much closeness a bad thing?
« on: November 20, 2014, 04:20:13 PM »
AC cannot have an independent county commissioner beholden to the delegation for his food on the table.

We have a county commissioner who works for an entity governed by the county commissioners. We have a school board member who is related to many BoE employees. We have a mayor who works for a state agency, and a city councilman who works for a county agency.

Local Politics / Re: is to much closeness a bad thing?
« on: November 20, 2014, 03:03:04 PM »
I want my representative to have an actual economic stake in our community.  I want him to drive the same roads I do on a daily basis.  I want him to pay the same taxes I do.  I want him to drink the same water, use the same utilities and be generally in touch with the day to day issues of our County.   Spending 5 days a week three hours away seems in conflict with all of that.

Should everyone who commutes out of town for work be disqualified from holding public office? Should we even allow them to vote?

Local Politics / Re: President Valentine?
« on: November 20, 2014, 02:53:31 PM »
To my knowledge, the legislative aide position is a full time gig.  So does Jake live here or Annapolis?  I don't think that is a commute that he can achieve from Cumberland.  So he will have to live in Annapolis at least 4 nights per week.  What does that mean for his residency?

Also, what happens when Jake Shade County Commissioner disagrees on a matter of public policy with his boss, Delegate Jason Buckel?  Will he be willing to put his personal interests aside to take a position contrary to his boss?

This deal looks shady to me.  No pun intended.

There have been and continue to be many General Assembly members who serve in local and state government positions.

Don't worry - those grapes were sour, anyway. ;)

Local Politics / Re: is to much closeness a bad thing?
« on: November 20, 2014, 02:47:29 PM »
Old, retired people in office is bad... Middle-aged business owners in office is bad... Young people with jobs in office is bad...

Why not just cut to the chase and say, "Anyone but me in office is bad"? ;)

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