MACo Agenda: 2018 Initiatives, Growth Plan, and School Funding

MACo 1st VP and Acting President Jerry Walker presides over a Legislative Committee meeting in Annapolis
MACo’s offices will be abuzz on September 27, as the Legislative Committee will meet at 11am, and an ad hoc discussion on school funding will follow in the afternoon.

The 11am meeting of the Legislative Committee involves designees from each jurisdiction, selected to represent their county. County officials, both elected and appointed, are welcome to attend the discussion as well. The Committee will receive an update from Matthew Rowe of the Maryland Department of Environment, on the efforts toward a new “Aligning for Growth” policy, designed to incorporate water pollution generated by new development into the State’s Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan.

The Legislative Committee will also hear a final report and presentation from the 2018 Initiatives Committee, and is scheduled to adopt a slate of legislative initiatives for the 2018 legislative session. The MACo policy staff will offer updates on issues developing over the “interim” months, as multiple work groups and task forces have been progressing on topics relevant to counties.

Following the Legislative Committee and our ever-popular lunch, county leaders are invited to join a “deep dive” discussion to catch up on public school funding issues. The Kirwan Commission has been meeting regularly through the Summer months, and has recently sharpened its focus on financing issues — including the pattern and role of county funding. This opt-in discussion will position county leaders for continued engagement on this major topic as the Commission points toward the coming session for legislative recommendations.

If you have questions about either the Legislative Committee meeting or the school funding discussion, contact Michael Sanderson at MACo.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties