Salisbury News is working on an article that will probably be published some time tomorrow but the long and short of it is this.
A new bill partially sponsored by Norm Conway, HB-1412 is an emergency bill about to be heard TOMORROW at 1:00 PM in Annapolis. It goes as follows...
If Wicomico County does not meet maintenance of effort, this bill/legislation will force/instruct the comptroller to immediately hold ALL county income tax and send it directly to the Board of Education!!!!!
I'll repeat, Norm Conway is a sponsor of this bill and in my honest opinion proves the Board of Education doesn't have to be fiscally responsible for ANYTHING.
I told you earlier today, this is just unbelievable and once again the Daily Times only told you a small portion of what was REALLY going on. The beef of this bill is on page 15 from the link above.
Much more to come on this as I will personally make the trip to Annapolis tomorrow, that's how important this bill is. It must be stopped in its tracks immediately.
Considering the Daily Times has a staff that is supposed to be on top of extremely important issues such as this one and they continue to fail to report the TRUTH while people are paying for their publication just makes me sick. Anything for the Board of Education, right Greg Bassett! Don't INFORM your readers about the TRUTH. Just let things go through the process and tell every one AFTER the fact.
Additionally a comment just came in and said; Here is a link to the article from the Sun on the proposed legislation. They want to take the income piggyback tax the state collects for the counties and give it directly to the local Board of Education. Instead of giving to the county, they give it directly to the BOE. This will be done in counties like Wicomico that have failed to meet the Maintenance of Effort. In fact Wicomico is one of the counties singled out in the article. This will be done to fund schools in counties that have revenue caps. The eye-opening part is where they say the General Assembly has the power to overturn a local referendum. I can't believe this isn't your top story of the day, with all the revenue cap supporters on this site.
UPDATE: We have just been informed that there's a very good chance this is a done deal, all without public input. Both committees will be meeting simultaneously tomorrow, therefore its not even worth making the trip to Annapolis. GO HERE for details.