MOE Legislation With Income Tax Raid Strikes Nerve

Today’s Baltimore Sun covers the newly introduced legislation on Maintenance of Effort, with many stakeholders focusing on the bill’s multiple provisions to override county decision-making.

To force counties to pay their share of the cost of operating K-12 schools, top legislators in Annapolis want the state to seize local tax dollars and deliver them directly to school systems.

The plan is outlined in legislation introduced Tuesday by delegates backed by House Speaker Michael E. Busch. Some senators are developing a similar plan with the blessing of Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller.

If the approach is adopted, it could set up a clash between county governments and the state over their respective powers.

Read the Sun’s full coverage here (limited free access)

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties

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