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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Hogan Announces $3.5 Billion “Building Opportunity Fund” School Construction Initiative

Governor Larry Hogan today announced plans to propose legislation during the 2019 General Assembly session to provide $1.9 billion in new school construction funding over five years. Called the Building Opportunity Fund, the initiative would give the Maryland Stadium Authority oversight over the new funding, and include accountability measures. According to a press release: This proposed new funding is in addition to the $1.6 billion in public school construction funding currently included in the state’s…

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Q&A with Pensions Expert Linda Herman

Linda, welcome and good to speak with you today. We are so happy that you could take the time for this exchange. You wear two hats with regard to pensions - you are a county pension plan executive and you are a representative of county governments on the State Pension Board. You have presented on topics in pensions at MACo’s Conferences and before the MACo Board and Legislative Committee. It is good to have you…

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Clues to the Kirwan Cost Split

The Kirwan Commission is winding down three years of work on educational issues, with far-reaching recommendations. Here, Conduit Street tries to break down what components could end up as county funding obligations. The Kirwan Commission's last meeting on December 6 included the first substantial wave of cost estimates on their multifold recommendations. While the Commission is still amidst deliberations, the figures represent a first look at the fiscal contours of what is expected to be…

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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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Conduit Street Podcast: #NG911 Report, Kirwan Testimony, Ranked-Choice Voting, #MACoCon, and County Awards

  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: Commission Charts Course for #NG911, Crafts Preliminary Recommendations Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Counties Weigh in on Kirwan Previous Conduit…

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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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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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Hogan Announces Appointments to Baltimore County School Board

Governor Larry Hogan today announced Moalie Jose, Russell Kuehn, John Offerman, and Roger Hayden to the Baltimore County Board of Education. The governor made selections from a list of recommendations submitted by the Baltimore County School Board Nominating Commission. The appointees will join seven newly elected members and one student board member. The Baltimore County Board of Education is composed of 12 members – seven elected members for the seven Councilmanic Districts in the county,…

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