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March 20, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

March 20, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Fossil Fuel Divestment Measure to be Amended, Berliner Says

Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner said Monday he would propose changes to legislation he is supporting that would force county retirement funds to divest their holdings in fossil fuel companies. Berliner first proposed the legislation in October. Since then, a Leggett administration analysis claims the funds could lose as much as $27 million a […]

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March 20, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Berliner Insists County Is Not a Sanctuary County (VIDEO)

Council President Roger Berliner said the recent rape allegations at Rockville High School reinforce what Montgomery County does, which is cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. At his weekly meeting with reporters, Berliner said he had received emails from county residents calling Montgomery a “sanctuary county.” He disagreed with the characterization. Sanctuary counties, he said, […]

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March 20, 2017 | Staff Writer

County Council to Hold Five Budget Hearings on Proposed FY 2018 Budget, Sign Up to Testify Now

The Montgomery County Council will hold five public hearings next month to receive feedback on County Executive Ike Leggett’s recommended Montgomery County’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Operating Budget. More than 150 people are expected to provide feedback on the budget during the five hearings, which are scheduled April 4 – 6. Over the next two […]

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March 17, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Berliner and Leggett Ask Planning Board Chair to Pause Westbard Plan and to Retain Mediator

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and County Council President Roger Berliner have written a letter to Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson asking for a delay in the Equity One sketch plan process, just weeks after the board approved the development plan (excluding the area believed to be a historic burial ground). In the letter dated March […]

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March 17, 2017 | Staff Writer

County Report This Week (VIDEO)

Anqoinette Crosby hosts the latest edition of County Report This Week. The show begins with a report on the county executive’s proposed budget and includes County Council reaction. There are also reports from Montgomery College, Montgomery County Public Schools and more. You can watch the show, below:

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March 16, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Community Foundation Raising Money to Help Immigrants

The Community Foundation of the National Capital Region is raising money to help organizations that assist immigrants and others affected by recent changes in federal policy. The Resilience Fund has raised $80,000, and specific organizations will be invited to seek funding, Tonia Wellons, vice president of community investment, said Thursday. No money has been doled […]

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March 16, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

UPDATED: Montgomery School Board Raises New Objection to Labor Day Order

The Montgomery County Board of Education has asked Gov. Larry Hogan to take another look at his executive order mandating when school systems can start and end classes. In August, the governor issued the order, which would require school to start after Labor Day and end on June 15, 2018, a move he said would give […]

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March 16, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

UPDATED: Purple Line Crashes into Trump Budget

The Purple Line, the 16-mile Bethesda-to-New Carrollton light rail connection, has fended off community opposition and small shrimp-like creatures. Now it has to fend off a new president’s budget plan. President Donald Trump’s budget has a provision saying the federal government would not pay for any projects unless a full funding agreement was in hand. […]

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March 16, 2017 | Staff Writer

Berliner on President Trump’s Budget Proposal, “It’s Not A Good Start” (VIDEO)

Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner was asked about President Donald Trump’s newly released budget proposal at a small business networking event at Montgomery Community Media’s studios on Thursday morning. Noting the county’s large federal workforce, Berliner said: “It’s not a good start.” Watch this MyMCMedia Extra video, below, for more: After the MCM interview, […]

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