White House Invitation for Briefing Call on the Opioid Crisis – Today at 4:30 pm

White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs invites you to join a briefing call on Combatting the Opioid Crisis on Tuesday, March 19 at 4:30 PM EST. Kellyanne Conway (Assistant to the President & Senior Counselor), Jim Carroll (Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy) and other administration officials will review and provide insight into ongoing administration efforts to combat the crisis. If you would like to join the…

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Baltimore County Ballot to Include Campaign Public Financing Option

Baltimore County voters will get to choose more than their next representatives in 2020, they will also decide whether to give local candidates access to public funds. By a 5-2 vote, the Baltimore County Council yesterday approved a proposal from County Executive Johnny Olszewski to put a Charter Amendment on the 2020 ballot to establish a public financing program for the offices of County Council and County Executive. Similar to systems adopted by Montgomery County, Howard…

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City Gears Up to Demolish Vacant Houses

The Baltimore City Housing Commission has committed to demolishing over 2,000 vacant homes by the summer of 2020. The goal is to reduce the number of vacant properties to below 15,000 -- a level that hasn't been seen in over a decade. The City has struggled with vacant properties and has been demolishing them at a pace of 500 per year. Some progress was made with these past efforts, but necessary steps to prepare for…

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Baltimore County Retains Triple-A Bond Rating

All three major rating agencies affirmed Baltimore County’s creditworthiness despite fiscal challenges Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski recently announced that Baltimore County has retained its triple-A bond rating from all three major rating agencies, allowing the county to continue to issue bonds at the lowest possible interest rate, saving millions of dollars for Baltimore County taxpayers. According to a press release: Moody’s Investor Service, Fitch Ratings, and S&P Global Ratings have each affirmed the county’s…

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LGIT – FY20 Regional Workshops – Register Today!

WHAT? The Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT) will host a series of renewal workshops for the Policy Year 2020. This year's workshop agenda: Agenda 9:00 am - 9:10 am          Welcoming Remarks 9:10 am - 9:30 am          Rate Information & Credits for FY20 9:30 am - 10:15 am       Coverage Changes/Coverages Available/Renewal 10:15 am - 10:45 am     Changes & Updates to LGIT's HR Portal/Online Campus 10:45 am - 11:00…

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House, Senate Pass MACo NG911 Initiative

The Maryland House of Delegates on Saturday overwhelmingly passed HB 397, Public Safety – 9-1-1 Emergency Telephone System (Carl Henn’s Law), a 2019 MACo Legislative Initiative to update state laws and the 9-1-1 financing system to provide the flexibility and resources needed for the deployment of a statewide Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) system. Earlier this month the Senate approved an identical Senate bill, SB 339. The House bill will need a pro forma vote in the…

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“Supercharged” School Construction – Pieces Falling into Place

A new way to spend $2.2 billion more school construction funding is on its way to passage in the House of Delegates, with the second reader completed. The amended bill divvies up the funding by percentages to certain counties in the State. Legislation creating a large new funding program for school construction is advancing in the General Assembly. The bill that is headed toward passage in the General Assembly is a heavily amended version of legislation…

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Conduit Street Podcast: Dueling Budgets, Solar, Septics, General Issue Updates, 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: Dueling Budgets: Senate Plan Reels In Kirwan Spending Previous Conduit Street Coverage: House Passes Budget, Action Moves to Senate Previous Conduit Street Coverage: House Budget Proposal…

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Dueling Budgets: Senate Plan Reels In Kirwan Spending

The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee yesterday voted unanimously on a $46-billion-plus budget proposal that limits appropriations for the recommendations of the [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education to current state revenues. The Senate plan dedicates $225 million in FY 2020 to begin implementing the recommendations of the Kirwan Commission, far less than the $320 million the House approved in its budget plan. The Senate budget allocates an additional $345 million to the…

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Federal Chesapeake Bay Program Slated for Deep Cut, Again

On Monday, the Trump Administration released its budget proposal for FY 2020. One of the proposed cuts, which will have a large impact on Maryland, rests within the drastic decrease of funding towards environmental programs following the announcement of a 31 percent cut in spending to the EPA. https://twitter.com/Timothy_Cama/status/1105141494028165120 This 90% cut, which reduces the Chesapeake Bay Program from $73 million to $7.3 million, follows a meeting between Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker…

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