Lt. Governor Anthony Brown addressed the MACo membership during the Inaugural Ceremony and Awards Banquet held Thursday evening, January 5, during the MACo winter conference. While the Lt. Governor spoke about issues to be discussed during the upcoming General Assembly session, he was short on details. As reported by the Washington Post:
In his remarks, Brown joked that he was under instructions not to talk about specific taxes, but he said the administration will seek significant investments in school construction, roads, bridges, mass transit and water and sewer projects — all in the name of job creation.
With respect to teacher pensions, he said the following:
Brown was also noncommitttal in brief comments about an ongoing controversy over whether the state should continue to pick up the entire cost of county teacher pensions. In the past, O’Malley has resisted such a shift — much to the delight of MACo leaders — but a move is strongly favored by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert), among other legislative leaders.