Federal Funds Available to Serve Summer Meals to Children and Teens

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) is seeking public and private nonprofit organizations to serve free, nutritious meals to children and teens this summer through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program. According to MSDE: Over 392,000—more than 43 percent—of Maryland children are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals and may not have access to safe and nutritious food during the summer when schools are closed. The…

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Sales Taxes Per Capita: How Much Does Maryland Collect?
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Sales Taxes Per Capita: How Much Does Maryland Collect?

Among the 45 states that levy sales taxes, Maryland ranks 34th for its per capita sales tax collections, according to a recent analysis by the Tax Foundation. Maryland's sales and use tax is 6 percent. State sales taxes apply to purchases made in Maryland while the use tax refers to the tax on goods purchased out of state. The State collected $762 in sales tax per capita in FY 2017. The Department of Legislative Services estimates…

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President Trump Calls for Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan, Details Unclear

President Trump in his State of the Union address Tuesday called on Republicans and Democrats to work together on an infrastructure package, but offered no details on what his administration is willing to support. According to Route Fifty: Infrastructure played a much larger role during Trump’s first State of the Union last year. But the administration’s eventual $1.5 trillion proposal, which relied on state and local governments putting up much of the dollars, along with…

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U.S. Employers Add 304,000 Jobs in January; Unemployment at 4%

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 304,000 in January, and the unemployment rate edged up to 4.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The United States Department of Labor this morning released its monthly estimate of hiring, unemployment, and wages for January. The report provides a crucial snapshot of the American economy. Despite the partial federal government shutdown, a slowing global economy, and trade tensions with China, employers added 304,000 jobs in January, marking a 100th straight…

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Conduit Street Podcast: State of the State, Party Priorities, Jail-Based MAT, and More!

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. Useful Links State of the State Coverage from Maryland Matters Barry Rascovar: Hogan’s Tax Cut Can Wait House Bill 116 - Public Health - Correctional Services - Opioid Use Disorder Examinations and…

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Anne Arundel Seeks New Members for Plan2040 Citizens Advisory Committee

Anne Arundel County is accepting new applications to serve on the Plan2040 Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). This committee provides input to the Office of Planning and Zoning as the county works to draft its General Development Plan, known as Plan2040. According to a press release: “This committee will help us shape the future of Anne Arundel County, and it needs diverse representation from communities across the county,” said County Executive Steuart Pittman. “We are seeking…

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Montgomery Council Approves Elrich Appointees Adam Ortiz, Diane Vu

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich has appointed Adam Ortiz as the director of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Diane Vy Nguyen-Vu as director of the Office of Community Partnerships (OCP). Both nominations were confirmed by the County Council on Jan. 29. According to a press release: “I am grateful the County Council saw fit to confirm these new directors,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “Adam Ortiz has a great track record and has…

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Olszewski Names Panel for Police Chief Search

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski this week announced the names of the panelists who will interview top candidates to be the next Baltimore County Chief of Police, including several community representatives. According to a press release: The panel will interview up to 10 candidates and advise the County Executive on the strength of each candidate. The County Executive will select and interview finalists based on the panel’s recommendations. The panelists are: Drew Vetter, Deputy County…

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DLS: Fully Fund Disparity Grant Formula

The Department of Legislative Services, in its budget analysis of Payments to Civil Divisions of the State, is recommending that the General Assembly concur with the Governor's formula-driven fiscal 2020 allocation of $146,172,853 for disparity grant funding. For fiscal 2020, the grants to Baltimore City and Caroline, Cecil, Prince George’s, Somerset, Washington, and Wicomico counties all increase. The Disparity Grant Program provides noncategorical State aid to low-wealth jurisdictions for county government purposes. Disparity grants address…

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MACo to Ways and Means Committee: Prioritize Schools, Local Health Departments, NextGen 9-1-1

Earlier today, January 29, MACo's 2019 President, Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, First Vice President, Baltimore City Council Member Sharon Green Middleton, Associate Director Kevin Kinnally, and Executive Director Michael Sanderson presented MACo's 2019 Legislative Initiatives to the House Ways and Means Committee. The MACo panel followed Department of Legislative Services’ analysts, who presented a wealth of information contained in the report, Overview of State Aid to Local Governments: Fiscal 2020 Allowance. County Executive Glassman…

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