Report Sheds Light On MoCo Budget Shortfalls | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Report Sheds Light On MoCo Budget Shortfalls

Play associated audio

A report prepared for the Montgomery County Council shows that salaries for county workers have grown 50 percent over the past decade, with some employees seeing a salary increase of 80 percent.

Council president Nancy Floreen called for the report, saying council members must begin to get a grasp on the underlying causes of budget shortfalls. While she says it's too early to tell whether layoffs will fix the problem, Floreen does say measures such as furloughs that were used to balance this year's budget won't work anymore.

"You can't run a government based on regular furloughs. It's basically a wage decrease for a year or so. It does not address some of the fundamental issues," she says.

The report also shows the county spends more on employee benefit packages than it does on actual salaries.

NPR

In This Test Kitchen, The Secret To A Great Cookbook Is Try, Try Again

Yotam Ottolenghi and his partner have a thriving food empire that includes wildly successful cookbooks. We go inside their London test kitchen as recipes are put through their paces.
NPR

Bugs: Not What's For Dinner — Until They're Tastier, Maybe

A U.K. researcher says the environmental argument for eating bugs isn't working on its own. She says chefs and policymakers must "make insect dishes appeal as food, not just a way to save the planet."
WAMU 88.5

Neighbors, Arlington County Board Disagree Over Future Of Historic Property

Leaders in Arlington County are taking action to sell a historic property — a move that has neighbors in the Bluemont neighborhood up in arms.
NPR

Questions Remain About How To Use Data From License Plate Scanners

The scanners are standard equipment for police, but what's not settled is what happens to all the data collected. That data can link people to certain addresses and flag unusual activity.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.