imbolcnight t1_j9qkcla wrote

Reply to charm city by Lemongirl65

I said this the last time this quote got posted here, but why not say it again: My favorite John Waters quote about Baltimore is the difference between New York and Baltimore is that New York is full of normal people who think they're weird and Baltimore is full of weird people who think they're normal.


imbolcnight t1_ixzr5fz wrote

Yeah, it's the same rhetorical appeal of politicians saying they will refuse or give up their pay (like Trump did). It sounds nice, like they're doing it out of passion and not money, but it's only because they are already wealthy and can eschew a regular salary and rely on outside contract work, passive income, just regular wealth, etc.

It reminds me of the argument used to underpay social workers and teachers. "They shouldn't be in it for the money." Also, most city council persons are paid like $70k? That's higher than median in the city, but that's not exactly rolling in it. It's enough that an average person can do it and not need a second job.

Strong pay also decreases the incentive to seek outside enrichment.

ETA: I think as a general rule, yes, it requires a lot of careful consideration when legislators are voting on their own compensation but also, it feels like the earlier outrage that the CEO of BCPS gets paid a salary that seems high but that is also regular to low for a CEO overseeing an organization that big.


imbolcnight t1_ivk3wm5 wrote

Generally, if you've voted in Maryland before, you don't need anything at all.

From the state website:

> Under the Help America Vote Act, certain voters must satisfy an identification requirement before voting for the first time in Maryland. A voter is subject to this new identification requirement if the voter:

> - Registered to vote by mail; and

> - Will be voting for the first time in Maryland.

> Because of the voter registration requirements effective January 1, 2006 (see above), most voters will satisfy the identification during the registration process. Generally, only the following voters will be subject to the identification requirement:

> - Those voters who do not have a driver's license, MVA ID card, or social security card and who submitted their voter registration applications by mail after January 1, 2006; and
> - Those voters who registered to vote by mail between January 1, 2003, and December 31, 2005, and have not yet voted for the first time.