Andrew Friedson

Candidate for County Council - District 1

May 24, 2018 - Democratic candidate for District 1, County Council, in Montgomery County Maryland, Maryland, Andrew discusses the county's structural imbalance and provides a solution: schools, transportation and economic development.

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BIO

 

  • Grew up / educated in Montgomery County

  • Worked for State Comptroller / Scrutinized Contracts

  • Advised on State Pension System

  • On Board for Maryland College Savings System

 

ON STATE OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY / STRUCTURAL ECONOMIC ISSUES

 

  • Revenues growing more slowly despite increased taxes

  • Federal Government Not Growing As Before

  • Workforce is Aging

  • Earners to Non-Earners is Out of Whack

  • Only way out: lift up wages / create jobs

  • 40% of Children Eligible for Free and Reduced Meals

  • More people are leaving office space than are entering office space

 

NEED A HIGHER TAX BASE (It has been shrinking)

 

  • County has been raising taxes to compensate for this

 

HOW DO WE GROWN THE ECONOMY?

 

  • Education - people want to live where good schools are

  • Transportation

  • Economic Development (can’t do the above without growing the tax base)

 

BUDGET PROCESS NEEDS IMPROVEMENT

 

  • Optimized for innovation / adaptation

  • Must use revenue for what it was earmarked

 

EDUCATION

 

  • Discrepancy in Results

  • Overcrowding Issues

  • Many Schools are Attractive / Others Aren’t - Mismatch in Attraction to Families

  • Highest costs of child care in the US

  • DC has more accessible child care

  • Too focused on college readiness / need career readiness as well


 

ON FINANCING THE CAMPAIGN

 

  • On doing traditional campaign financing (not taking public financing)

  • On D1 Neighbors Report regarding donations

  • Addressing D1 Neighbors Report Showing Large Corporate / Real Estate Donations

 

ON THE THESIS THAT INFRASTRUCTURE HASN’T KEPT UP WITH DEVELOPMENT

 

BUDGET PROCESS

 

  • Change budget reconciliation process

  • 1 year budget doesn’t work

  • Use a value proposition to make sure that investments are yielding results

  • Evaluate impact on budget related to small business / non-profits

 

COUNTY SHOULD GET OUT OF THE ALCOHOL BUSINESS

 

  • Holding back economic development / revenue

  • Spending on alcohol is 41% below state average

  • Wholesale service for restaurants is a disaster

  • Restaurants in MoCo Can’t Complete Due to Lack of Alcohol Services

  • Must take care of workers in alcohol business to transition to something else


 

MODERNIZE / IMPROVE GOVERNMENT

 

  • Make permit obtainment easier

  • Make it easier to interact with government

 

COUNTY COUNCIL’s MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • Oversight

  • Pass a Budget

 

SHOULD THE COUNTY LOWER THE RESERVE FUND PERCENTAGE

 

ON DEMOCRATIZING MUNICIPAL BONDS

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