Conduit Street Podcast: Brinkley on Budgets, Amazon’s About-Face, Action on Airbnb, and More!

MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play Music by searching Conduit Street Podcast. You can also listen on our Conduit Street blog with a recap and link to the podcast. You can listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website.  

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$5M Census Grant Program from MDP – Apply Today!

The Maryland Department of Planning has begun the 2020 Census Grant Program. The program will support in maintaining accuracy in the counting of the state and its local jurisdictions for the 2020 Census. The panel was established by Senate Bill 855 (Chapter 18 of the Acts of 2018). The panel: Chairman Steven Jost, Senior Vice President for Content Strategy at Subject Matter and former top official at the U.S. Census Bureau Robert McCord, Secretary, Maryland…

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DLS: Fully Fund Disparity Grant Formula

The Department of Legislative Services, in its budget analysis of Payments to Civil Divisions of the State, is recommending that the General Assembly concur with the Governor's formula-driven fiscal 2020 allocation of $146,172,853 for disparity grant funding. For fiscal 2020, the grants to Baltimore City and Caroline, Cecil, Prince George’s, Somerset, Washington, and Wicomico counties all increase. The Disparity Grant Program provides noncategorical State aid to low-wealth jurisdictions for county government purposes. Disparity grants address…

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A Little Revolving Loan Fund Help from My Friends

The Governor's proposed budget includes $20 million this year, and more in future years for a revolving loan fund for county governments trying to 'get by' in tight fiscal years without stalling school construction projects.  Last year the 21st Century School Facilities Act implemented a recommendation of the 21st Century School Facilities Commission (often called the Knott Commission) to create a revolving loan fund to help counties unable to make the required match for school…

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Conduit Street Podcast: Kirwan Commission Wraps 2018 Work, Fiscal Mother Lode, and the Latest from #MDGA19

MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play Music by searching Conduit Street Podcast. You can also listen on our Conduit Street blog with a recap and link to the podcast. You can listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website. Useful Links Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Kirwan Commission Wraps 2018 Work, Issues Broad $3.8B Recommendations Previous Conduit Street Coverage: DLS Briefs House Committee On Budget Big Picture Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Federal Government Shutdown: State, Local…

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DLS Briefs House Committee On Budget Big Picture

The House Ways and Means Committee received a fiscal briefing from the Department of Legislative Services (DLS) on January 22, 2019. This briefing provides a comprehensive overview of the Governor’s fiscal plan, the State’s economic and revenue outlook, a detailed look at the Governor’s FY 2020 proposed budget, aid to local governments, Transportation Trust Fund outlook, the capital budget, and an outlook for Maryland’s economy in light of Federal changes. The Quick Look at Fiscal 2020 Budget shows that the budget…

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Think Tank Proposes Sweeping Tax Overhaul to Fund Kirwan Recommendations

A Baltimore-based think tank last week released a report detailing its policy recommendations to fund the ambitious multi-billion-dollar-annual recommendations of the Kirwan Commission, a proposal which amounts to a significant overhaul of Maryland's tax system. The Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, known informally by the name of its chair, former University of Maryland Chancellor William “Brit” Kirwan, has issued its major recommendations. They have called for a package of new school investments totaling…

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From Rehabilitation to Recreation – St. Mary’s Increases Scholarship Funds

The Commissioners of St. Mary's County approved a transfer of $44,000 into the scholarship fund for county kids to participate in Recreation and Parks Programs. The money is from the remaining funds from the St. Mary's County Juvenile Drug Court program. The program is shutting down after 14 years, due to low enrollment. Currently, only two students are enrolled. This is a wonderful gift for the youth of St. Mary’s County. It will allow some…

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Conduit Street Podcast: Clues to Hogan’s Budget Proposal, Economic Uncertainty Looming, and the Latest from #MDGA19

MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play Music by searching Conduit Street Podcast. You can also listen on our Conduit Street blog with a recap and link to the podcast. You can listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website. Useful Links Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Governor Hogan Previews 2020 Budget Proposal Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Federal Government Shutdown: State, Local Governments Feel the Pinch Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Maryland Counties Rally…

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MoCo Provides 5 Opportunities for Community Feedback on FY20 Budget

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich is holding five FY20 Operating Budget Forums leading up to his March 15 announcement of the Recommended FY20 Operation Budget. Schedule: January 16, Silver Spring Civic Center (completed) January 22, 7 pm, Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center January 23, 7 pm, Mid-County Recreation Center January 31, 7 pm, BlackRock Center for the Arts February 4, 7 pm, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School According to the Montgomery County press release: It is…

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