Poll: What Do You Think About Teacher Pensions?

Debate heats up in the state as counties and state debate how to pay for the increasing costs of pensions.

As the teacher pension debate heats up, Patch's Bryan Sears reported recently that Baltimore County would in the shift from the state to the county.

Gov. Martin O'Malley that Maryland is probably the only state that still pays 100 percent of teacher pension costs. State officials have said that a shift makes sense, given that the state has no say in the contracts negotiated to hire teachers.

Counties have said that they cannot afford the expense of covering more of the burden of teacher pensions.

Patch wants to know, who do you think should pay for teacher pensions?

Jeff January 31, 2012 at 05:49 PM
@Rosebud ....you DO pay for the pensions now...in your STATE TAXES and federal taxes....only now ...because O'Malley refuses to cut expenses to balance the state budget ...he is putting that bill off on the counties to be the bad guys... this is akin to you sending your BGE bill to your sister so you can tell your spouse that you balanced the check book
Jeff January 31, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Carroll County will be assessed a fee of $7 million under this scheme ....at roughly 32,000 residents that comes to a increased tax by the county of 218.75....not so bad unless of course you forget that that includes ALL of us....man woman AND child...so a family of 4 will pay $875 MORE than they used to ....their state liability WON"T go down ...
Jeff January 31, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Lump in the new gas tax....flush tax....bridge toll increase....cost to register a vehicle.....and a 6% tax on GAS that will come in 2% increases each of the following years . I guess we will all have to go to Mexico ...come across the border ILLEGALLY and get these services for free!!!!
Jeff January 31, 2012 at 06:01 PM
http://www.city-data.com/city/Eldersburg-Maryland.html source of population numbers
Hilton February 01, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Maryland teachers in the State Teachers Pension system DO contribute a mandatory 7% of their gross pay to their pensions. They are also obligated to pay the Social Security contribution tax of 6.2% (currently temporarily reduced to 4.2%). New teachers are not vested in the pension system until they have 7 years of service. If they leave their jobs before the 7 years is up they are not entitled to any pension. They are not entitled to a full pension until they have 30 years of service.


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