My endorsement: Pensions and the Purple Line
By Elizabeth and George Vary
The Post’s recent editorial warning of the looming $33 billion public-employee pension shortfall in Maryland was dead on — frighteningly so. Robert Ehrlich has offered two specific changes: craft new funding and benefit rules for new employees and transfer some obligations of local employees to the localities. Martin O’Malley just wants to wait for a belatedly appointed commission to report options. Sorry, that inaction is not good enough given what the taxpayers are facing.
Mr. O’Malley is for the light-rail Purple Line, which not only would be horribly expensive, but would also cater to developers and cause traffic snarls. For example, plans are on the drawing board for a major new retail-housing development on Connecticut Avenue at the new station for the aboveground trolley. It would be moronic to have trains stopping traffic across Connecticut Avenue and more cars jostling to enter and exit the new development during morning and evening rush hours.
Just two big reasons these registered Democrats are for Mr. Ehrlich.
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| October 23, 2010; 10:00 PM ET
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