Four Maryland Jurisdictions Rank Among Top Ten in U.S. Per Pupil Spending

Baltimore City, Howard County, Montgomery County, and Prince George's County rank among the top ten nationally in per pupil spending. The United States spent a total of $694.1 billion on public school systems in FY 2017, up 4.4% from FY 2016, according to Census Bureau statistics released today. It was the largest yearly increase in total expenditures since 2008. Overall, per pupil spending increased by 3.7% to $12,201 per pupil during the 2017 fiscal year,…

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MSDE Names New Assistant State Superintendent

Booker-Dwyer Named Assistant State Superintendent for College and Career Readiness. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) today announced the appointment and confirmation of Tiara Booker-Dwyer as Assistant State Superintendent for College and Career Readiness. Ms. Booker-Dwyer has served as the Executive Director for the Office of Leadership Development and School Improvement since 2017. According to a press release: “Tiara Booker-Dwyer brings to her new position leadership, creativity, and a broad understanding of what it takes…

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Charles County Budget Enhances Core Services, Invests in Community Priorities

The Charles County Board of Commissioners recently adopted a balanced General Fund budget of $425,097,500 for fiscal 2020, an increase of 5.1 percent from the previous year. The spending plan, which holds the line on income and property tax rates, enhances core services and invests in community priorities that foster economic development, protect natural resources, expand school capacity, and strengthen public safety. According to a press release: “The adoption of the annual operating and capital…

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Opinion Piece Takes Aim at Tax Incentives

An opinion piece in Tax Notes argues that tax incentives are nothing more than giveaways to preferred taxpayers. Contributing Editor Roxanne Bland writes that just because some tax incentives can be used for good does not negate the inherent unfairness in them. According to Tax Notes: Tax incentives meant to attract businesses and individuals with the aim of revitalizing blighted areas in a city come to mind when considering the positive side. These incentives granted to companies…

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Anne Arundel Council to Consider Income Tax Cap

The Anne Arundel County Council today will consider a resolution to cap the county income tax rate at 2.5%. If approved, the resolution, introduced by Councilmember Nathan Volke, would be placed on the 2020 ballot as a referendum question. County Executive Steuart Pittman's FY 20 budget proposes raising the property tax rate from 90.2 cents to 93.5 cents per $100 assessed value and the income tax rate from 2.5% to 2.81%. Due to the County’s…

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Annual U.S. Tax Gap Climbs to $500 Billion

The gap between the amount of U.S. federal taxes paid and the amount of tax owed is staggering—over $500 billion per year. A high level of voluntary tax compliance is critical to help ensure taxpayer faith and fairness in the tax system. Those who don’t pay what they owe ultimately shift the tax burden to those who properly meet their tax obligations. The gross tax gap is the amount of true tax liability that is not paid voluntarily and timely.…

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Conduit Street Podcast: Eye on Annapolis… and Beyond

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. Useful Links Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Governor Appoints Henson to District 30A Delegate Seat Eye on Annapolis The Maryland Crabs Podcast

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St. Mary’s Celebrates National Transportation Week

This week marks the Nation’s 67th annual National Transportation Week. The occasion provides an opportunity to raise awareness about public transportation and its benefits by encouraging people to ride public transportation. According to a press release: Ensuring transportation systems are stable and sound for future generations is vital. In the spirit of tomorroworiented transportation, we celebrate the achievements of transportation members for over 55 years; and St. Mary’s County will recognize this important week in…

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Wantz to Serve on FEMA Regional Advisory Council

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently appointed Carroll County Board of Commissioners President Stephen A. Wantz to the Regional Advisory Council (RAC) in Region III. Along with working to improve communication and coordination between emergency managers and first responders, the council focuses on enhancing preparedness for future disasters. FEMA Region III, which represents the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Pensylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia, coordinates closely with the Private Sector to ensure the sharing…

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Anne Arundel Board of Ed. Approves Bargaining Agreement

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education today approved a negotiated agreement for Fiscal Year 2020 with the Association of Educational Leaders (AEL), the bargaining unit which represents building administrators, coordinators, and special assistants. County Executive Steuart Pittman's proposed appropriation to the board of education, excluding debt service, increases by $46.2 million. This amount meets the State matching funds requirements known as Maintenance of Effort (MOE), provides full funding for pay packages as proposed by…

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