From Harford Campaign for Liberty:
We won’t forget. And neither should you!
On Tuesday, November 1st, six out of seven Harford County Councilmen shamefully voted to approve Bill # 16-023 (increased compensation for county council members). They ignored hundreds of petitions, emails, and phone calls from their constituents who had contacted them…to oppose using taxpayer dollars to hand out a massive 18% pay raise for the entire county council. Funding is a key component of activism.
During the final reading of Bill # 16-023 Council President Richard “Coach” Slutzky, Vice President “Capt’n” James McMahan, Curtis Beulah, Joe Woods, Chad Shrodes, and Patrick Vincenti…had no comments before quickly casting their votes to approve double-digit pay raises that are nonexistent for working families. And it was obvious from the fast pace and lack of discussion that they were dead set on approving this embarrassingly self-serving legislation and moving on as quickly as possible.
Councilman Mike Perrone was the lone “No” vote. He reminded the rest of the council that they knew what the position paid before they decided to run for office. It’s not surprising that they disregarded Perrone’s comments.
Campaign for Liberty was told by many of our supporters that their phones calls and emails were not returned by most of the council. And those that got a reply from Council President Slutzky, reported that is was nothing more than a short form letter acknowledging that he received their message. I don’t know about you, but I find it unconscionable that these council members could approve an 18% pay increase but can’t find the time to reply to their constituent’s concerns.
However, there is some good news. Even though the vote didn’t go as we had hoped, by taking on this fight, we have grown our ranks of citizen watchdogs who will be paying closer attention to county government…now that they are aware of the true nature of some of our local politicians. This will make it easier to mobilize against future liberty-robbing legislation. These politicians know that they have awakened a sleeping giant. They know that they must tread lightly if they hope to win back public support.
But most of all, they are hoping you will forget. We won’t, and we’ll be sure to continue to hold politicians accountable for their actions in the future. We thank everyone who took the time to write an email or make a phone call opposing this legislation.
Thank you for your support!
Maryland Campaign for Liberty