Two New Delegates for Baltimore County

Baltimore County Democrats Carl Jackson and Catherine Forbes will join the Maryland House of Delegates soon, replacing Del. Eric Bromwell (District 8) and Del. Stephen Lafferty (District 42A) respectively. Both Bromwell and Lafferty resigned in August, taking high-level positions in the Baltimore County government. From Maryland Matters: When Baltimore County Democrats Carl Jackson and Catherine Forbes join the House of Delegates in the next several days, assuming Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) follows tradition…

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D.C.’s Sports Wagering Contract Hits Snag

A D.C. Superior Court judge last temporarily halted the District from moving forward on a contentious $215 million no-bid contract with Intralot — the company hired to establish sports wagering in D.C. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the D.C. Council last year passed the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018, which was signed into law by Mayor Muriel Bowser earlier this year. Dylan Carragher, a mobile app developer, alleges that The Sports Wagering…

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States Are Using Budget Surpluses to Shore Up Rainy Day Funds
Fiscal 50: State Trends and Analysis (Pew Charitable Trusts)
States Are Using Budget Surpluses to Shore Up Rainy Day Funds

At least 26 states had saved enough in their rainy day funds to cover a greater share of spending in fiscal 2018 than in fiscal 2007, the last full budget year before the downturn, according to a new analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts. For the past 10 years, most states were unable to match their pre-recession benchmarks for total balances due to sluggish recoveries in tax revenue and airtight budgets. But an unexpected tax revenue…

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Local Bill Aims to Expand 5G Wireless Service in Montgomery

The Montgomery County Council will consider a zoning text amendment (ZTA) to set standards for the deployment of small cell wireless antennas in residential areas. The measure, sponsored by Council Members Hans Riemer, Gabe Albornoz, and Craig Rice, provides a balanced approach for the deployment of next-generation wireless infrastructure, which will offer faster speeds, enhanced reliability, and higher network capacity. Small cells are wireless antennas that have a smaller footprint and shorter range than macrocells (what…

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New Maryland Laws Take Effect October 1

Hundreds of new Maryland laws will take effect on Tuesday, October 1. From the Maryland Reporter on local laws: Route 50 HOV lanes: SB70 — Effective Sept. 29, this law repeals 2016 and 2018 legislation that allowed qualified hybrid vehicles to operate in the high-occupancy vehicle or HOV lane on U.S. Route 50 between Interstate 95/495 and U.S. Route 301 without passengers. Electric cars will still be allowed to travel on this stretch without passengers. —Eric Myers…

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Kirwan Funding Workgroup Closing in on Final Recommendations

The workgroup formed by the [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education to delve into the complex matters of inter-jurisdictional formulas and the eventual state/local split of cost responsibilities continued its work today in Annapolis. The workgroup was asked to provide input on funding formula assumptions to enable the state staff and hired consultants to continue modeling the total cost of implementing the recommendations set forth by the Kirwan Commission. Preliminary Foundation Calculation - FY…

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Maryland Gets a “D” for Fiscal Health
Maryland's fiscal condition (Truth in Accounting)
Maryland Gets a “D” for Fiscal Health

In its 2019 study on state fiscal rankings, Truth in Accounting (TIA) found that Maryland's debts outweigh its revenues by $33.5 billion — or $12,500 per taxpayer, earning it a “D” grade from the non-profit government finance watchdog group.   The analysis is part of the tenth annual State of the States (FSOS) report, a comprehensive study of the fiscal health of all 50 states based on FY 2018 comprehensive annual financial reports (CAFRs). In the report, TIA…

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