Conduit Street Podcast: Major School Construction Proposal, Clues to the Kirwan Cost Split, 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. Useful Links Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Hogan Announces $3.5 Billion “Building Opportunity Fund” School Construction Initiative Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Local Aid Percentages Still Undecided in Quirky Year for School…

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Local Aid Percentages Still Undecided in Quirky Year for School Construction

The State has yet to commit to its share of school construction projects for fiscal year 2020, even though deadlines have passed for local governments to submit projects for funding consideration. This year marks a transition in school construction funding - from a system where the Governor, Comptroller, and Treasurer, as the panel that makes up the Board of Public Works, granted funding for public school construction projects - to a new process that empowers the…

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Commission to Advance NextGen 9-1-1 Across Maryland Releases Final Report

Nationally,  the key underpinnings of the legacy 9-1-1 framework are based on the same wireline, analog, circuit-switched technology that was the foundation of the original 9-1-1 architecture in 1968. Aside from an enhanced data environment and the ability to support wireless and Internet telephony, the system has not significantly changed in more than 40 years. With advances in technology, the emergency communication networks built four decades ago are becoming less efficient, less technologically advanced and,…

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Kirwan Commission Trims Cost Estimates, Funding Formulas Still Uncertain

The [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence this week unveiled new cost estimates for its recommendations to expand pre-kindergarten, increase teacher pay, provide more resources for at-risk students, and develop a new standard for college and career readiness. The $4.4 billion price tag, phased in over ten years, comes with a caveat: The Commission has yet to agree on the funding formulas that determine both the pattern and role of state and local funding. The…

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Preview the 2019 Session “Big Picture”

A compilation of Issue Papers previews major fiscal and policy issues facing the General Assembly in the year ahead. This resource is a handy guide to the top issues that your legislators will be tackling in the year ahead – a great preparation document for county officials in advance of meetings with their local Delegations. Developed by the Department of Legislative Services, the 2019 Issue Papers are an annual staple for the Annapolis policy-inclined population.…

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Counties Weigh in on Kirwan
From left to right: Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner, Talbot County Council Member Laura Price, and MACo Policy Associate Kevin Kinnally
Counties Weigh in on Kirwan

The [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education was formed in 2016 to answer two questions: Should the state revise current education funding formulas? And, what major new education policies must be enacted to put Maryland public schools on par with the best in the world? While the Commission has developed detailed policy recommendations such as increasing teacher pay, expanding pre-kindergarten for all four-year-olds and low-income three-year-olds, providing more resources for at-risk students, reducing the…

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Regulations Align with School Construction Laws and Processes

The Interagency Commission on School Construction has released draft changes to regulations relating to emergency sheltering, and state cost shares. Draft regulations on school construction circulating for comment touch on many aspects of school construction that affect county and state capital costs. One aspect is how the state determines how much of a new facility it will help build. Another is how often the state updates its assessment of local wealth, which defines how large…

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Conduit Street Podcast: Spending Affordability, Volatile Revenues, & a Touch of Kirwan

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: Spending Affordability Committee Briefing from the Maryland Department of Legislative Services Spending Affordability Committee - Technical Supplement Watch the Most Recent Meeting of the Spending Affordability Committee Maryland Reporter: Kirwan Commission…

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Keeping Up with Kirwan at #MACoCon

The [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education was formed in 2016 to answer two questions: Should the state revise current education funding formulas? And, what major new education policies must be enacted to put Maryland public schools on par with the best in the world? The Commission was originally set to complete its work in time for the 2018 session of the General Assembly, but last October asked for an extension when it…

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Harford Unveils Draft Green Infrastructure Plan

Harford County is seeking public review and comment on its first Green Infrastructure Plan. Green infrastructure is an interconnected network of forests, wetlands, and waterways that support natural ecosystems, preserve water resources, improve stormwater management, and promote healthier communities. According to a press release: Creation of the Green Infrastructure Plan is an implementation of HarfordNEXT, the countywide master plan developed by the Department of Planning & Zoning under the administration of County Executive Barry Glassman.…

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