Top Issues of 2023 Session: Budget and Fiscal Outlook

With the 2023 legislative session rapidly approaching, MACo is profiling some significant issues that stand to gather attention in the General Assembly's work. Here, we preview Maryland's budget and fiscal outlook. The Constitution of Maryland requires a balanced budget: total estimated revenues must equal or exceed total appropriations. The budget also must reflect any estimated revenue surplus or deficit at the end of the preceding year. Previously, the Maryland Constitution prohibited the General Assembly from…

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Top Issues of 2023: Public Safety

The Department of Legislative Services released a 2023 issues preview and three major topics are at the forefront for public safety: police reform, handguns, and corrections trends.  Police reform has been a major legislative priority in Maryland over the last five years and gained a great deal of momentum in 2020 and 2021, culminating in the passage of the Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021. Since the initial passage of this sweeping police reform policy…

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Severe Outlook for At-Risk Youth Behavioral Health Services in Maryland

From the Baltimore Banner to the Department of Legislative Services, serious issues might be ahead for children in need of both social and behavioral services as Maryland begins the 2023 General Assembly. This article is part of MACo’s Policy Deep Dive series, where expert policy analysts explore and explain the top county policy issues of the day. A new article is added each week – read all of MACo’s Policy Deep Dives. It has been widely…

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Top Issues of 2023 Session: The Time to Care Act

With the 2023 Legislative Session rapidly approaching, MACo is profiling some major issues that stand to gather attention in the General Assembly’s work. Here, we preview the implementation of the Time to Care Act. During the 2022 legislative session, the General Assembly established the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program (FAMLI Program) via legislation known as "The Time to Care Act of 2022." That law provides up to 12 weeks of paid leave and benefits…

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Top Issues of 2023 Session: Public Health Modernization and Funding

Elected officials embark on the 2023 legislative session to consider local health department funding that is consistent with a 15-year old, pre-opioid, pre-pandemic budget. Public health funding and resources have long been a legislative priority of MACo. But now, in the wake of the pandemic, it seems the attention might finally be in place to move the legislative needle. In the 2022 Issues Paper published by the Department of Legislative Services (DLS), there are citations…

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Top Issues of 2023 Session: School Personnel Shortages

With the 2023 Legislative Session rapidly approaching, MACo is profiling some major issues that stand to gather attention in the General Assembly’s work. Here, we preview school personnel shortages and potential legislation related to the problem. Several years into the COVID-19 pandemic, Maryland's schools are still facing deep shortages of staff in all fields. The problem transcends school district, with all experiencing heightened levels of sustained position openings in an increasingly complex work force for…

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