Pension transfer another Annapolis boondoggle

If the teacher pensions are transferred to the counties, the real losers are the taxpayers of Maryland ("A costly breakthrough," March 13).

The state is in debt and can't meet it's commitments. One of its solutions is to transfer teacher pension costs. The counties, of course, do not have the money to pay for them either. Ergo, while Gov.Martin O'Malleycan claim he's balancing the budget and not raising taxes even higher, the counties will have to raise taxes to pay the pensions. So again, the Maryland taxpayer has to pick up the tab for the politicians who mismanage the state's finances.

First, it was the Transportation Trust Fund that was raided, a decision that helped cause tolls to be increased and the reason Mr. O'Malley wants to apply the sales tax to gasoline (on top of the existing gas tax). The attitude in Annapolis is not to start managing finances responsibly, just keep spending and taxing. I do so hope that this is the year that people take a good hard look at the representation we are getting and effect a change.

August J Nicastro, Forest Hill

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