The State Budget, and its County Effects – Where Do We Stand

The State and its fiscal policies and position tend to have a direct effect on local government revenue. This relationship is evident in a recent article in the Daily Record (subscription required) announcing a Tax Amnesty program that is set to take effect from September 1 through October 30. The program will give taxpayers, who may be behind on paying their taxes, the opportunity to pay their liabilities at reduced interest with no criminal penalties. The program is expected to generate $18 million in State revenue and $4.5 million in local revenue.

To learn more about the State and local funding and revenue relationship, attend the following session held during the MACo Summer Conference titled “The State Budget, and its County Effects – Where Do We Stand?”

Description: The State and its fiscal position has a major ripple effect on county budgets and our many shared policy priorities. Even as the economy shows signs of recovery, Maryland still faces challenges with revenues, competing desires for spending, and tax reductions. The State carries on its books substantial liabilities for pension and health care liabilities, and still faces growing costs for debt service and environmental goals. Seasoned fiscal experts will discuss – from the state and county perspectives – where the State stands, what critical decisions lie ahead for the Governor and legislature, and how much of this flows down to county governments and local priorities.


  • Warren G. Deschenaux, Jr., Director of Policy Analysis, Department of Legislative Services
  • Michael Sanderson, Executive Director, MACo

Moderator: The Honorable Rikki Spector, Baltimore City Council Member

Date/Time: Friday, August 14, 2015; 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

The MACo Summer Conference will be held August 12-15 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland. This year’s conference theme is “Energize. Mobilize. Capitalize.”

Learn more about MACo’s Summer Conference:

For a schedule of educational sessions at MACo’s Summer Conference, please view the Registration Brochure.

Questions? Contact Meetings & Events Director Virginia White.