Counties Call For A Local Infrastructure Fast Track

Local infrastructure requires reliable investment to keep Maryland moving. Recession-driven cost shifts have left local roadways lacking proper maintenance, bridges in dire need, and other public infrastructure neglected. Re-investing in infrastructure – a call being heard at every level of government – is good for Maryland jobs, business attractiveness, and quality of life across the state. Meanwhile, funding for school maintenance, water delivery systems, and public safety centers all lack predictable centralized funding commitments. MACo…

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Addressing $275m Shortfall, Metro Makes Tough Decisions

Metro's proposed fiscal 2018 budget, due for presentation to its board next week, will propose layoffs for 100 employees, reports The Washington Post. General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld informed Metro staff that individuals will find out next week whether their jobs are at risk. The Post reports: Metro is facing a $275 million budget shortfall, and Wiedefeld is scheduled to formally present his financial plan to the Metro board on Thursday. He is expected to announce a mix of budget…

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County Disparity Grants Among Proposed Midyear Budget Cuts

Governor Hogan will be proposing to cut $83.3 million from the FY 2017 state budget at the November 2, 2016 Board of Public Works (BPW) meeting, according to the notice posted today on the Department of Budget and Management's website. The cuts include $3.9 million for local government disparity grants. Local jurisdictions that experienced an increase in Fiscal 2017 would have that increase reduced by 50 percent. Local Effects: Disparity Grants and Community Legacy The $3.9 million…

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MACo’s Weekly County News and Notes…from Twitter

The social media site Twitter has become a fast-moving setting for news, information, and advocacy on public affairs. We welcome followers of MACo’s own twitter feed for updates from the Conduit Street blog and other MACo hot topics, and often use Twitter to reach our own audience, and to hear from others following the same issues as county leaders. Here are some tweets that caught our eye this week: https://twitter.com/HoCoGovExec/status/791271722389532672 https://twitter.com/CalRecTAMARA/status/791069922205982721 https://twitter.com/StMarysCoGov/status/791368309056872448 https://twitter.com/WorcesterSystem/status/790995659457462272 https://twitter.com/HoCoGovExec/status/791050929281859584 https://twitter.com/JanGardnerExec/status/791032626698194948…

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9-1-1’s Fatal Flaw?

Next-Generation 9-1-1, the initiative aimed at updating the 9-1-1 system across the United States, is forcing state and local governments to abandon their traditional emergency phone networks in exchange for Internet Protocol networks, which can send digital voice, photo and video information over the internet. According to WJLA, a speedy transition is critical, in part because 70 percent of 9-1-1 calls are now made with wireless phones, many of which the 9-1-1 operator will never…

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MDE Approves Counties’ Stormwater Financial Plans, Environmentalists Critical

A Bay Journal article (2016-10-18) reported that the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has approved the financial assurance plans submitted by the 10 counties subject to a Phase 1 Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit for stormwater runoff. As previously reported on Conduit Street, SB 863 of 2015 repealed the requirement that the ten Phase 1 jurisdictions adopt a stormwater remediation fee (commonly known as the "rain tax") but instead imposed significant reporting requirements, including the…

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County Attorneys Hear Legal Update From Attorney General

The Maryland Association of County Civil Attorneys (a MACo affiliate) received updates and discussed legal issues with Attorney General Brian Frosh and others at their 2016 conference on 2016-10-25. The annual conference is a free one-day event hosted by MACo and is open to county attorneys and legal staff. Frosh was joined several other members of his office: Chief Counsel Adam Snyder, Public Access Ombudsman Lisa Kershner, Public Information Act (PIA) Compliance Board Counsel Karen Federman Henry,…

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