MACo Policy Associate, Kevin Kinnally testified to the House Appropriations Committee on February 21, 2017, in opposition to House Bill 871, Education – Community Colleges – Collective Bargaining.
Counties oppose the one-size-fits-all approach of HB 871, which limits local decision-making.
The move to collective bargaining outlined in this bill could create potentially unsustainable costs for counties, who provide substantial funding for community colleges throughout Maryland – especially since the legislation does not envision any added State support.
From the MACo testimony,
Despite counties’ role in supporting community colleges, this legislation would
not provide any opportunity for county governments to participate in collective bargaining
negotiations. The combination of these effects – State-imposed system and costs, no county
participation in bargaining, and no additional State funding – is simply not affordable as a
statewide county mandate and could present substantial budget difficulties.
MACo opposed identical legislation in past sessions of the General Assembly.
For more on MACo’s advocacy efforts during the 2017 legislative session, visit our Legislative Tracking Database.