Federal Government Shutdown: State, Local Governments Feel the Pinch

The partial federal government shutdown is having a significant impact on state and local revenues, according to a new report from the State Comptroller's Office. Approximately 172,000 Marylanders impacted by the partial government shutdown have missed out on an estimated $778 million in wages, resulting in $57.5 million less in state and local income tax withholding and $2.1 million less in sales tax collections. The partial federal government shutdown, which began on December 22, 2018,…

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Thwap! 12 Counties Brace for Funding “Escalator”

Draft data finds that half of Maryland's counties may be mandated to increase their per-pupil funding for K-12 education under a state law enacted in 2012. The education escalator, a device that mandates increases in county funding for local school systems, will require twelve counties in Maryland to increase their per-pupil funding, according to preliminary data from the State Department of Education. The law mandates increases for any counties that fall behind a statewide moving…

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Conduit Street Podcast: 2019 Session Preview

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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2018 Legislative Handbook Series – An Indispensable Reference

The Department of Legislative Services has released its quadrennial Legislative Handbook Series, a deep and useful reference series that encapsulates nearly every issue of government at the state and local level. The series may be downloaded or viewed online for free at the links below: Legislative Handbook Series: Vol 1 – Legislators Handbook Vol 2 – Government Services Vol 3 – Revenue Structure Vol 4 – Budget Process Vol 5 – Personnel, Pensions & Procurement…

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When Do State Tax Changes Spill Over Into County Budgets?

As the 2019 session ramps up, talk of state tax changes have filled the headlines. A level deeper, though – what state tax decisions might have direct or carryover effects on county budgets? A quick primer: PERSONAL INCOME TAXES The state income tax is the top source of general revenue, and the biggest overall target for policy changes. Since county tax rates are independent of the state rates – counties are affected by some state…

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2018 MACo President to Start as AA Economic Development Corporation CEO

Former Anne Arundel County Council Member and 2018 MACo President, Jerry Walker, will step into the role of the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC) CEO on February 2. He was appointed by County Executive Steuart Pittman. Pittman was a constituent of Walker during his two terms on the council representing District 7. Beyond his experience on the council, he has displayed dedication and knowledge of economic development in the county. He has worked at…

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Prince George’s County Offering Assistance to Struggling Federal Workers

Prince Georg's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks yesterday announced a relief package for county residents affected by the federal government shutdown. Alsobrooks joined county government agencies, United Way of the National Capital Area, Prince George’s Community College, and other private entities to provide details on relief services. According to a statement from County Executive Alsobrooks: Many Prince Georgians are living in uncertain times as the partial federal government shutdown continues. While our friends and neighbors are…

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Mayor Selects Michael Harrison for Baltimore City Police Commissioner

Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh has selected New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison to serve as Baltimore City Police Commissioner. The Baltimore Sun reports: Pugh said Harrison has “achieved clear, compelling and consistent results” in reducing violence while deploying “proactive and effective policing strategies that reflect 21st century, constitutional policing,” and would bring the “insight and sensitivity needed to reestablish essential trust and confidence of citizens in their police officers.” A separate Sun article provides background on…

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Call in for a Federal Update — 5G, Clean Water Rules, Infrastructure, & Opioids

Each month officials (and staff) from counties in the northeast region of the US (including Maryland) are invited to an update with the advocacy team at the National Association of Counties.   This month's call details: NACo Northeast Regional Conference Call Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 9:00AM EST Dial-In:1-719-359-9722 Dial-In(toll free): 1-888-757-2790 Guest Passcode: 299194 Featured Update: Jack Peterson - NACo Deputy Legislative Director 2019 Leadership and Administration Changes and the impact on NACo 2019 Priorities What is the…

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Franchot: Tax Refunds Won’t be Affected By Government Shutdown

Despite the federal government shutdown, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said there are no plans to delay processing personal income tax returns for Tax Year 2018. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Maryland remain on track to begin processing individual returns on January 28. According to a press release: “Marylanders should go about their typical preparations to file their personal income tax returns,” Comptroller Franchot said. “My agency is in direct communication with the IRS to…

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