Debt Affordability Committee Discusses GASB 87 and State Tax-Supported Debt

The Capital Debt Affordability Committee (CDAC) held the second of three annual meetings in the process of recommending a level of capital debt for the State. During the second CDAC meeting, Christian Lund, Director of Debt Management for the State Treasurer's Office, took the members through the CDAC Workgroup Report on Implementation of GASB 87. The workgroup looked at the new guidance under GASB 87, which determines which leases should be considered capital leases versus…

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Anne Arundel Holds Public Hearing on Contentious Forest Conservation Bill

A Bay Journal article (2019-10-8) reported that Anne Arundel County held a nearly three-hour public hearing on a contentious forest conservation bill introduced by County Executive Steuart Pittman. The article indicated that the bill was supported by environmental and civic groups and opposed by developers and the real estate industry. As previously reported on Conduit Street, Pittman introduced the bill in an effort to stem the loss of forest in the County. The County has lost 2,775 since…

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Submit Your Questions Now for the #MACoCon Smart Growth Subcabinet Meeting

The Smart Growth Subcabinet will be meeting at the 2019 December MACo Winter Conference and answering your questions on land use, environment, transportation, and other important county issues. Let MACo know if you have a topic you want directly addressed at the meeting (see instructions near the end of this post.) A Chat with the Smart Growth Subcabinet Description The Smart Growth Subcabinet oversees and advises on Maryland’s growth policies and laws. Its members (mostly…

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Queen Anne’s Weighs in on Bay Bridge Traffic Woes

The Queen Anne's County Commissioners this week weighed in on the severe traffic backups caused by a $27 million deck rehabilitation construction project on Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The right lane of the westbound span is closed from October to April, with additional closures Monday through Friday in May. In order to reduce traffic congestion during the project, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) has authorized two-way operations on the westbound span so traffic can move in both…

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CTE Programs Offering Students Opportunities in the Solar Industry

Grid Alternative, a nonprofit bringing free solar to low-income communities, is helping to educate and train the next generation of students to move forward in the growing solar industry. Through the Solar Futures program, high school students are exposed to the renewable energy field and provide opportunities to participate in installations. There are also lessons on renewables and career pathways for elementary and middle school students. From Education Dive's article: Working alongside the installation team,…

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International Cycling Race Coming to Maryland Labor Day Weekend 2020

Starting Labor Day Weekend of 2020, Baltimore will host a major international cycling race for three years. While few detailed have been finalized, the 110- to 125-mile race would start and end in Baltimore City, but travel through surrounding counties. Terry Hasseltine, executive director of Maryland Sports and vice president of communications for the Maryland Stadium Authority, believes the event will bring a $20 million benefit to the area. From Baltimore Sun's coverage: The organizers…

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GOCCP Announces Performance Incentive Grant Fund Availability

The Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) has announced funding availability for the FY 2020 Performance Incentive Grant Fund (PIGF) Program. Purpose: To reduce Maryland’s state and local incarcerated population through appropriate diversion, deflection, service provision and recidivism reducing resources. Online Submission Deadline: November 4, 2019 Eligible Applicants: State and local government agencies, state and local courts, non-profit, and non-governmental victim services programs, including faith-based and community organizations. Additional Information: The fund was…

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Circuit Court Holds Rogue Baltimore City Officers Acted Within “Scope of Employment”

A Baltimore Sun article (2019-10-04) reported that the Circuit Court has held Baltimore City liable for a $32,000 judgment against three former Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF) police officers after they were found to have planted a gun on a person they arrested. The case highlighted the challenge of determining when a police officer is acting within the scope of their employment, thereby making the local government liable for their actions. If upheld on appeal, the case…

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October 21 Grants Conference – Register Now For This One-Stop-Shop

The 15th Annual Governor's Grants Conference will be held October 21, in College Park. Hundreds will attend and benefit from information, workshops, and connections in the grant-funding game. Registration is open! The Governor’s Grants Office will host its 15th Annual Grants Conference on Monday, October 21 at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Join over 600 attendees including nonprofits, grants professionals, and community leaders for a full day of networking, panels, exhibition tables,…

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