Collective Bargaining at Community Colleges Could Bump County Budgets

MACo Policy Analyst Robin Clark Eilenberg testified to the Senate Finance Committee on February 18, 2016 in opposition to SB 363, Education – Community Colleges – Collective Bargaining.

The one-size-fits-all approach of SB 363 limits local decision-making and could pressure county budgets that necessarily provide one third of the funding for community colleges throughout Maryland.

MACo’s written testimony states:

The combination of a State-imposed system and costs, no county participation in bargaining, and no additional State funding results in a potentially substantial unfunded mandate on county governments.

MACo opposed identical legislation in past sessions of the General Assembly.

For more on MACo 2016 legislation, visit the Legislative Database.