Union Rally Expected To Bring 5,000 To Annapolis

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller is bracing his Senate colleagues for a big rally in Annapolis early next week by unions that oppose state pension reforms.

Miller told senators on Thursday that they should plan on arriving early to session Monday night.

He’s already describing it as “the night from hell.”

The Senate president says up to 5,000 people may attend the rally by the Maryland State House in Annapolis, and a major road in front of the capital will be closed.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is a lead organizer of the rally. It’s scheduled on the same night the Senate is scheduled to vote on whether to allow in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.

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  • Bruce Schultz

    Let me get this straight, the Senate wants to reform the pension system of LEGAL citizens and give ILLEGAL immigrants in state tuition. Have they forgot the meaning of ILLEGAL. My son wants to know what tuition assistance he will be getting as a LEGAL citizen.

    • Concerned

      His tuition assistance isn’t changing. At all. And illegal immigrants aren’t getting the same level of assistance he has either.

      In all honesty, all of us are illegal immigrants, it’s not like the native Americans said “come take our land, please, we insist.” it’s a matter of how many generations. At what point is it enough generations that someone shouldn’t be penalized for the actions of their forefathers?

      And on top of that, higher educations levels show direct correlation with lower birth rates and having a college education decreases the likelihood of someone having to rely on government assistance in the future.

      That said, in the long run, it is likely to save the tax payers more money than it’s going to cost them.

  • overtaxed

    See, unionization for public employees is not only unnecessary, but unfair to taxpayers. The taxpayers are responsible to pay whatever the unions demand, and public employees generally are treated fairly already. What about collective bargaining for the TAXPAYER.

    Before you say that state employees pay taxes too, remember this fact: what they pay back to the taxpayer is only a portion of what they take from the taxpayer. The bill comes due in the name of the private sector taxpayers.

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