In two separate meetings on October 30, MACo officials met with the Governor’s Chief of Staff John Griffin; and Secretary of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Eloise Foster, and DBM’s Deputy Secretary, David Romans, to discuss budgetary and policy initiatives for the upcoming 2014 General Assembly Session. MACo’s President, Rick Pollitt, who led the meeting, was joined by Executive Director Michael Sanderson and Legislative Director Andrea Mansfield.
MACo’s budgetary priority for the upcoming session is transportation funding. Policy initiatives discussed include expanding targeted uses of the Bay Restoration Fund, and establishing a cooperative governance structure better enabling counties to join the State’s 700 MHz public safety communication system.
Chief of Staff Griffin will also be participating in MACo’s Board Retreat to be held in Annapolis next week.