Hogan Draws Differences With Legislative Leaders, Looks Ahead to “Battle”
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Hogan Draws Differences With Legislative Leaders, Looks Ahead to “Battle”

Governor Hogan, fresh off an announcement he will not run for President, addressed a Maryland pro-business group and emphasized areas of difference with Democratic legislative leaders. Governor Hogan, an invited speaker before the Maryland Free Enterprise Foundation (nee Maryland Business for Responsive Government), emphasized his commitment to growing opportunities in Maryland, and resisted the notion that tax increases lie ahead to fund priority spending. From the Washington Post coverage: “Ladies and gentlemen, this is going…

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Prepare Today for the 2019 Hurricane Season

FEMA Region III, serving the Mid-Atlantic region, advises residents and governments to be prepared for the storm season ahead - with specific tips to help you be ready. Everyone should know their risk for hurricanes and take steps to prepare. “We continue to work with all of our partners to prepare for the 2019 hurricane season,” stated MaryAnn Tierney, FEMA Region III Regional Administrator. “The past few years have seen hurricanes impact states across the…

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New For #MACoCon: Change Your Building’s Tune…And Save Big Bucks

Talk a walk-through tour of energy savings options on display right at the Ocean City Convention Center, and learn from potential partners how you can take home these money-saving innovations for your own buildings. Energy performance can either save money…or waste it. In this session, participants will go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Ocean City Convention Center as we explore the mechanical and electrical systems that keep a building running. The hands-on demonstration will…

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Mohler Calls for Finding “Common Ground”

Don Mohler, who served late last term as Baltimore County Executive after a years-long career in county administration, speaks out about the testy political climate. In a guest article on the policy-and-politics website Maryland Matters, former Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler offered his thoughts on a political climate he sees as frought with deep and unreasonable opposition. Mohler has made civility in public affairs an emphasis of his profile post-county service. he now leads a…

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“Invasive” Underwater Grasses Helping Maintain Bay Health

A recent study shows that despite several downward indicators, bay grasses (including some non-native introduced species) have helped maintain aquatic life in the Chesapeake Bay. On WYPR's "The Environment In Focus," host Tom Pelton discusses a recent study, showing how the Chesapeake Bay has dealt with heavy loads of sediment and pollutants arising from heavy storm seasons. From the WYPR website: But, here’s the surprising part:  the bay’s overall health dipped only slightly last year,…

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Committee Supports McCray for City Council Vacancy

Danielle McCray, a familiar face to many in City Government, was the overwhelming choice of a committee tasked with nominating a replacement for the District 2 vacancy. With the rise of Council Member Brandon Scott to serve as Baltimore City Council President, his former seat in District 2 was open. A nominating committee heard from some two dozen candidates last night, before casting its lopsided vote for Danielle McCray. McCray has served as staff in…

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MACo OPEB Trust – Gains of $5.8m, and Counting…

MACo's OPEB Investment Trust has yielded its local government members over $5.8 million in investment gains since its inception - contact MACo today to see if this service is right for your county. MACo offers its member counties, along with their libraries, colleges, and supported units, an investment tool to help gaining long term assets toward their retiree health care liabilities. These costs, referenced by accountants as "Other Post Employment Benefits" or OPEB, present a…

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School Funding, Part 2: Money Changes Everything (The Wealth Formula)

An important element in Maryland's school funding formula is determining county "wealth." Here, we review how that's currently done, and what changes could be in store as the State considers far-reaching formula changes. This article is number two in a series on Conduit Street, featuring elements of Maryland's current school funding debate. For more general information on school funding formulas today, see "School Funding: This is How We Do It" from 22 May 2019. The…

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CBF: PA is Far Off Track With Bay Cleanup

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's latest analysis criticizes state efforts on bay cleanup - with its sharpest barbs for Pennsylvania. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation recently released its latest "State of the Blueprint" report, evaluating progress toward Bay cleanup goals throughout the multi-state watershed. In a familiar refrain, efforts from Pennsylvania, particularly the Susquehanna River watershed that empties into the northern Chesapeake Bay, come under fire. From their report: Maryland is on track to meet its overall nutrient…

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St. Mary’s Commissioners Pass Budget, Leverage Income Taxes for Priorities

The St. Mary's County Commissioners approved their FY 2020 budget on a split vote this week, adjusting their county income tax rate to 3.17%. St. Mary's County has adopted its budget for the coming year, a $253 million spending plan fueled in part by an adjustment of its county income tax rate from 3.00% to 3.17%. The eventual outcome, on a 3-2 vote, followed some wrangling over education funding and other spending priorities, and proposals…

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