Feds Seeking Members For New Advisory Committee on “Big Data”

A newly created Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building is seeking non-Federal members to assist its mission to guide the Office of Management and Budget on data sharing, privacy, and data usage. As part of the Federal Data Strategy, the Department of Commerce is looking for stakeholders to help Federal agencies use their data for decision-making as part of the newly formed Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building (Notice of Establishment of the Advisory Committee…

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Mayor Young on WYPR’s “Midday” Talks Politics, Policing, Water, and Education

Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young joined WYPR radio show "Midday" and discussed a wide range of topics - including the City's daunting challenge to aggressively fund education. Mayor Jack Young stepped into his current role as Mayor last year, and has quickly faced up to a series of challenges with City government, service, and politics. On the public radio show "Midday" he talked with host Tom Hall about all of this and more. Listen to…

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Legislative Leaders Tout 2020 “Built To Learn Act” For School Construction

Legislative leaders announced plans to emphasize a major school construction plan in 2020 legislation - including some $2.2 Billion in project funding above the current plans. Look for House Bill 1 and Senate Bill 1 next year to be a major effort to leverage casino revenues to support a fast-tracked school construction effort, targeting a lengthy list of ready-to-go projects. Legislative leaders laid out the framework for this priority at a press conference today, held…

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Where Do We Fit On the State/Local Balance Sheet?

An annual "Balance Sheet" report from the Department of Legislative Services shows the net effects of state revenues and state aid, by jurisdiction. The Balance Sheet is an annual report, derived from the most recent audited data, assessing the revenue contributions and local aid distributions for each Maryland jurisdiction. While no single measure can fully capture these fiscal matters perfectly, this report is frequently employed to gather a relative sense of these intergovernmental finance issues…

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Alex Butler Joins MACo Policy Team

Alex Butler has joined MACo's policy team, and will play a lead role on land use, environment, energy, and other issues.  As MACo gears up for its Winter Conference and the 2020 General Assembly session, we welcome a new member of our policy team, Policy Associate Alexander Butler. Mr. Butler leaves a position working on behalf of Comptroller Peter Franchot, as campaign manager and adviser. He has served a number of public sector entities including…

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ACLU and NAACP: Kirwan Isn’t Enough

Two organizations currently suing the State of Maryland over education funding have indicated they believe the ambitious plan falls short of amounts needed to end achievement and opportunity disparities in Maryland schools. The decade-long, widely-hailed Kirwan Commission plan for education funding has not sated the concerns of two well-known advocacy groups. The ACLU of Maryland and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund stated this week they will continue their lawsuit against the State of Maryland over…

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GBC 2019 Economic Outlook Conference – November 5 in Baltimore

Get your tickets now for the Greater Baltimore Committee’s annual Economic Outlook Conference! Join the GBC as they hear from top experts on the state of the Mid-Atlantic region and Maryland’s economy.  Speakers will discuss the present economic growth outlook and what’s on the horizon for 2020. Speakers include: Tom Barkin – President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Andrew M. Schaufele – Director of the Bureau of Revenue Estimates, Comptroller of Maryland Bernard…

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Conowingo Settlement Targets Bay Cleanup, Clears Way For Licensing

The State of Maryland and Exelon, owners of the Conowingo Dam, have reached a $200 million settlement agreement detailing water cleanup obligations for the power facility on the Susquehanna River, a major Chesapeake Bay tributary. The Conowingo Dam, whose federal license is up for renewal before the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee, has been seeking its clearance for that approval - including a state-level sign-off for years. The $200 million settlement announced today presumably clears the…

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Sun Profiles President-in-Waiting Ferguson

The Baltimore Sun ran a profile of Baltimore City Senator Bill Ferguson, recently selected by the majority caucus in the Senate as their nominee to step in as Senate President next year. The Baltimore Sun ran a profile, "4 Things to Know About The Next Maryland Senate President." The piece covers the professional and public life of Senator Bill Ferguson, who was named as the Democratic caucus nominee to become Senate President in January. From their…

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Two Longtime MACo Staff in Transition

Two familiar faces from the MACo staff, Leslie Knapp, Jr. and Robin Clark Eilenberg, will be departing from their roles with MACo in the weeks ahead. Les Knapp, serving as MACo's Legal and Policy Counsel, will mark 15 years with the Association later this year. In the weeks ahead, he will step down from his full-time role with the MACo policy team, in order to commit further to his family's farm and business in Calvert…

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