Here are the facts about Floreen's campaign donations and legislative record
Fact: Over the years, "90% Nancy" Floreen has sided with the real estate development industry and through her chairmanship of the Council's Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committtee (PHED), has led the reduction or elimination of impact fees that require developers to pay for public infrastructure, like schools and transportation. There's a reason the "who's who" of the development industry accounts for 90% of her campaign contributions - with a promise they'll raise $1 million for her campaign. The real estate development industry does not want to pay more for infrastructure that matches growth.
Fact: Floreen has for years campaigned on and promised to reduce class sizes in Montgomery County. However, in her 16 years on the council, MCPS students are still attending school in portable classrooms/trailers and sitting in over-crowded classrooms.
Fact: Floreen was part of the infamous “End Gridlock” slate in the 2002 County election. Did she end traffic gridlock? No. Traffic is worse than ever. Floreen shares the transportation policy of her financial backers: build more roads for new development. For developers, this can mean higher profits. For you: More traffic, more cars and more time away from family, friends and your priorities.
Fact: Floreen lists building the Inter County Connector and Montrose Road project as key accomplishments. Her main opponent, Marc Elrich, recommended putting 100% of the funds used for the delayed Montrose Road project into the Montgomery County Public Schools budget.
Fact: Floreen opposed early efforts to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, a rate that still does not meeting the definition of a living wage. Her main opponent led the effort to coordinate, compromised on and finally pass the legislation. The minimum wage in and of itself can help grow the economy. If workers in the county can earn a fair wage and take care of themselves and their families, we all stand to benefit.
Fact: Floreen did the bidding of her financial patrons by opposing reductions in the maximum allowable height of a residential house from 35 feet to 30 feet. She also supported lifting a ban on residential construction in the Mid County.
Fact: As part of the Council Transportation and Environment Committee, Floreen stonewalled and in effect killed proposed legislation to protect county tree canopy in 2007. The development industry has fought against this and other needed environmental measures. Floreen has been right there to help them along the way.
Fact: In 2013, Floreen voted against a bill to protect mature trees that line county streets. Street trees enhance property values and improve our overall quality of life. But she stuck with her industry backers and voted against preserving our mature and stately street trees.
Fact: Floreen favors “sewer sprawl” that will lead to over-development in the Agricultural Reserve, saying she’d like to “sewer the entire county.” In a meeting with environmental advocates in the Spring of 2018, Floreen asked them, "Why are you wasting your lives working on this issue?" Simple answer: Because sewer pipes lead to increased pavement, density and pollution. Another example of Floreen siding with developers over our interests and community values.
Fact: Floreen does not do her homework on the issues. More than once during the Capital Improvement Project budget hearings last spring, Floreen remarked how terrible it was that the average homeowners stormwater fee had changed from $10/year to $104/year -- making it sound as it is excessive. For some reason, it didn’t occur to her that the early years might have been a bargain. Or comparing other nearby jurisdictions' stormwater fees to Montgomery’s actually shows that the county fees are a bargain. Here are some examples of the average annual homeowner stormwater fees:
· Prince Georges, $162
· Alexandria, $140
· Fairfax, $178, and
· Falls Church, $252.
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