Federal Government Shutdown: State, Local Governments Feel the Pinch

The partial federal government shutdown is having a significant impact on state and local revenues, according to a new report from the State Comptroller's Office. Approximately 172,000 Marylanders impacted by the partial government shutdown have missed out on an estimated $778 million in wages, resulting in $57.5 million less in state and local income tax withholding and $2.1 million less in sales tax collections. The partial federal government shutdown, which began on December 22, 2018,…

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Conduit Street Podcast: 2019 Session Preview

MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play Music by searching Conduit Street Podcast. You can also listen on our Conduit Street blog with a recap and link to the podcast. You can listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website.

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2018 Legislative Handbook Series – An Indispensable Reference

The Department of Legislative Services has released its quadrennial Legislative Handbook Series, a deep and useful reference series that encapsulates nearly every issue of government at the state and local level. The series may be downloaded or viewed online for free at the links below: Legislative Handbook Series: Vol 1 – Legislators Handbook Vol 2 – Government Services Vol 3 – Revenue Structure Vol 4 – Budget Process Vol 5 – Personnel, Pensions & Procurement…

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When Do State Tax Changes Spill Over Into County Budgets?

As the 2019 session ramps up, talk of state tax changes have filled the headlines. A level deeper, though – what state tax decisions might have direct or carryover effects on county budgets? A quick primer: PERSONAL INCOME TAXES The state income tax is the top source of general revenue, and the biggest overall target for policy changes. Since county tax rates are independent of the state rates – counties are affected by some state…

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Prince George’s County Offering Assistance to Struggling Federal Workers

Prince Georg's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks yesterday announced a relief package for county residents affected by the federal government shutdown. Alsobrooks joined county government agencies, United Way of the National Capital Area, Prince George’s Community College, and other private entities to provide details on relief services. According to a statement from County Executive Alsobrooks: Many Prince Georgians are living in uncertain times as the partial federal government shutdown continues. While our friends and neighbors are…

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Franchot: Tax Refunds Won’t be Affected By Government Shutdown

Despite the federal government shutdown, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said there are no plans to delay processing personal income tax returns for Tax Year 2018. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Maryland remain on track to begin processing individual returns on January 28. According to a press release: “Marylanders should go about their typical preparations to file their personal income tax returns,” Comptroller Franchot said. “My agency is in direct communication with the IRS to…

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State Receives $10.6M Grant for Early Learning Initiatives

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) recently received a $10.6 million federal grant to help improve programs for children, birth to five, throughout the State. According to a press release: The Preschool Development Grant will allow Maryland to conduct a needs assessment on the availability and quality of early childhood programs, and develop a strategic plan to fuel continued improvement. Maryland’s new grant is one of 45 recently announced by the US Department of…

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Keeping Up with Kirwan at #MACoCon

The [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education was formed in 2016 to answer two questions: Should the State revise current education funding formulas? And, what major new education policies must be enacted to put Maryland public schools on par with the best in the world? And while the Commission's final recommendations won't be ready in time for the 2019 session of the Maryland General Assembly, the pattern and role of county funding, spending formulas,…

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MSDE Awards Grants for Teacher Recruitment, Out-of-School Time Programs

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) recently awarded $1.5 million in state-funded grants to local school systems through the Learning in Extended Academic Program (LEAP) and the Public School Opportunities Enhancement Professional Learning Program (PSOEPLP). According to a press release: LEAP programs occur before school, after school, during the summer, and on Saturdays. The program received $1 million in grants aimed at improving out-of-school time opportunities. The purpose of LEAP is to provide grants…

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Bill to Restore Full SALT Deduction Emerges in New Congress

The State and Local Tax "SALT" deduction was capped by the tax law passed in late 2017. Two New York lawmakers in the U.S. House have re-introduced a bill to fully restore a federal tax deduction for state and local taxes that was capped under the massive federal tax overhaul that was enacted a little over a year ago. The SALT deduction allows taxpayers to subtract state and local income, sales and property taxes from…

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