2015 End of Session Wrap Up: School Construction

This post summarizes the status of K-12 public school construction legislation that MACo tracked during the 2015 General Assembly Session. School Construction: HB 110 / SB 79 Creation of a State Debt – Qualified Zone Academy Bonds authorizes authorize the Board of Public Works to issue $4,625,000 in Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZABs) by December 31, 2015, and grant the money to the […]

Capital Budget Subcommittee Modifies POS Funding, Supports School Construction

During its decision meeting yesterday, the Senate Budget and Taxation Capital Budget Subcommittee voted to increase general obligation bonds for Local Program Open Space by $8.1 million, instead of the $15.6 million approved by the House. The $8.1 million is intended to backfill the amount in unencumbered fund balance used to assist with balancing the […]

Targeted School Construction Bill Advances

As reported in the Washington Post, $20 million in targeted additional school construction funds this year is advancing in Maryland’s General Assembly. During capital budget decisions, The House Appropriations Committee  identified $20 million to be used for school construction projects in school systems with significant enrollment.  The allocation is contingent upon on the passage HB 923, […]

Are Faults in Facility Maintenance Contributing to School Construction Needs?

The House Appropriations Committee will meet today to make budget decisions. Included in those decisions are often budget language requiring certain reports from State agencies. Earlier this week, Appropriations subcommittees voted on budget decisions and report language in each of their subject matter areas — including education. The House Appropriations Committee’s Education and Economic Development Subcommittee […]

MACo Supports Clarifying Public-Private Partnership School Construction Laws

Today, February 18, Robin Clark testified in support of SB224, Education – Maintenance of Effort – Lease Payment Exclusion. This bill would clarify school funding law’s effect on facility lease payments, treating them the same way that debt service is treated under more conventional school financing. The bill essentially treats lease payments paid as rent […]

The Actual State Share of School Construction Costs

Each county in Maryland contributes towards school construction costs for Maryland’s K-12 school system.  The total contribution of all counties statewide is significant. While the State has fulfilled its aim of investing $250M per year since 2004, and Governor Hogan has proposed to continue a high level of school construction funding, counties allocated $981M for capital […]

Committee on School Construction Recommendations for 75% of FY 2016 Capital Budget

The Interagency Committee on School Construction (IAC) has submitted to the Board of Public Works its recommendations for funding and planning for 75% of Governor Martin O’Malley’s preliminary FY 2016 capital budget for school construction.  In order to conserve resources and expedite the communication of the IAC recommendations, the IAC has posted the FY 2016 Capital Improvement Program […]

$3.1B School Construction Funding Demands Highlighted in Capital Debt Meeting

In the September 17th meeting of Maryland Capital Debt Affordability Committee, Terri Garraty, Executive Director of the Department of Budget and Management’s Office of Capital Budgeting noted that school construction makes up $3.1 billion of the $5.3 billion total for capital grant program budget requests from FY 2016-FY 2020. Following the overview by the Department of […]