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Will the public notice the governor's pension shell game?

Pension and WelfareInterior PolicyExecutive BranchKevin Kamenetz

Will there ever be a time when the Sun editorial board will present an objective case outlining all the pros and cons of an issue? Their latest failing is their position regarding teacher pensions and who should pay for them ("Kamenetz stands alone," Feb. 22).

The assumption, it seems, by the Sun, Gov.Martin O'Malleyand now Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is that local teacher pension costs should be paid at the local level. It seems to me that the Governor is trying to unload costs from his already bloated 35+ billion dollar budget, and he is using the pension cost move to do that, and proposes that somehow, in the Sun staff's opinion, an "elegant solution," would be to raise taxes in a way that would increase the "piggy back" payment back to the counties. Voila, the pension cost increases at the county level are paid for.

Do the governor, the county executive, and the Sun editors really believe that the public will not notice that this feat of financial legerdemain is occurring and will blindly endorse the tax increase? I think not.

A better course would be to leave the pension system alone until a complete analysis of the best way to cost effectively manage the plan is prepared and presented to the electorate. If it is such a good idea, the analysis will show it and will be easy to sell to the citizenry.

Silly me, I am assuming that the people will pay any more attention to this issue than they pay to their individual rights.

Sam Davis, Towson

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