Maryland Retains Triple-AAA Bond Rating, Prepares to Sell $550M in GO Bonds

Maryland State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp announced this week that the three major bond rating agencies have reaffirmed the State’s AAA bond rating. The announcement comes in advance of the upcoming competitive sale of up to $550 million in State General Obligation Bonds on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Proceeds from Maryland's tax-exempt General Obligation Bonds are used to finance important capital projects and improvements, such as public schools, community colleges, university projects, and hospitals. Maryland is…

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Wrap Up, and Look Ahead, with the Governor at #MACoCon

Be there for the traditional closing session with Governor Hogan, as he reflects on the year (and the conference), and helps Maryland turn the corner toward 2020 and beyond. Each year, MACo's summer conference serves as the unofficial turning point between wrapping up 2019, and looking at ahead to 2020. We are glad to once again host Governor Larry Hogan, as his Saturday morning address will punctuate that shift, and help county and state policymakers…

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State, Local Leaders Offer Alternative to Governor’s Traffic Relief Plan
Regional Transportation Improvement plan (courtesy of Montgomery County Government).
State, Local Leaders Offer Alternative to Governor’s Traffic Relief Plan

State and local elected officials today held a press conference to discuss alternatives to Governor Larry Hogan's Traffic Relief Plan. The ambitious $11 billion project aims to relieve Maryland's traffic congestion woes by enlisting a private company to build and manage toll lanes on the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270. https://twitter.com/MoCoCouncilMD/status/1135586905620398080 The Hogan administration says the plan will provide residents with much-needed traffic congestion relief without having to pay for it with taxpayer dollars. Officials…

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General Assembly Re-Elects Nancy Kopp as State Treasurer

In a Joint Session of The Maryland General Assembly, Nancy Kopp today was re-elected as State Treasurer. Elected in February 2002, and re-elected to full four-year terms in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015, Nancy K. Kopp is the 23rd Maryland State Treasurer since the adoption of the Constitution of 1851. She is the second woman ever to serve as Maryland's State Treasurer and is the only woman serving Maryland in a Constitutional Office. In addition…

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MACo Explores Government Applications for Drones

Various government departments may have uses for unmanned aircraft systems (commonly called drones). MACo is seeking information on current programs and future plans. County and state governments are exploring various applications for unmanned aircraft systems that may allow them to provide improved services to the public. There are also challenges to using drones, including cost, safety, privacy, and liability concerns. MACo is partnering with the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center (MCAC) to gather more information…

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General Assembly Overrides Governor’s Education Bill Vetoes

On Thursday, the Maryland General Assembly overrode two of Governor Larry Hogan's vetoes in lengthy, hours-long floor sessions, restoring a prominent school construction bill and legislation allowing arbitration for teacher disciplinary measures. The school construction legislation incorporates more than thirty-six recommendations of a two-year commission on school construction appointed by the Presiding Officers of the General Assembly. However, it also strips the Board of Public Works of much of its authority over the allocation of…

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Call If You Can, Text If You Must

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the Board of Public Works’ approval of a new Text to 9-1-1 technology for Maryland, helping to update 1960s-era emergency systems with life-saving technology. This new Internet-based infrastructure allows citizens to send a Short Message Service (SMS) text message to 9-1-1. The Federal Communications Commission estimates that more than 70 percent of all 9-1-1 calls now come from cellular users. Text to 9-1-1 supports 160 characters per message, but no…

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Board of Public Works Approves $23 Million In Rural Legacy Grants

The Board of Public Works unanimously adopted a Maryland Department of Natural Resources recommendation approving 17 Rural Legacy Program grants – totaling over $23 million. Funding from these grants will permanently protect over 6,500 acres of working farms, forests and open space in 18 counties. According to a press release: The projects include protecting productive farmland, natural habitat, scenic view sheds, shorelines, wetlands, and woodlands as well as cultural, historical, and natural resources. ... Established in…

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Allegany Receives Grants for Three Local Water Projects

Maryland’s Board of Public Works approved more than $92 million in grants Wednesday to projects designed to reduce pollution and improve water quality. Three projects in Allegany County were among the funding recipients. Cumberland Times-News reports, Frostburg will receive a Bay Restoration Fund grant of more than $2.1 million for the next phase of its effort to separate combined sewers and reduce the frequency and volume of combined sewer overflows during wet weather. The next…

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