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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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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High Marks for Fiscal Notes by Maryland’s Legislative Services Dept

An article in Governing magazine lauds Maryland's Department of Legislative Services for providing thorough and timely assessments of legislation's fiscal effects. Maryland's Department of Legislative Services, as described by its Executive Director Victoria Gruber, supports the members of the Maryland General Assembly and its committees in many capacities - including legal, fiscal, committee, research, reference, auditing, administrative, and technological support. One of the roles of the Department of Legislative Services providing a fiscal and policy note on…

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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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Orientation Begins For New General Assembly Members

A Maryland Reporter article (2018-12-05) reported that newly elected members of the Maryland General Assembly started their two day orientation Wednesday, December 5. There are 18 new Senators out of 47 and 42 new Delegates out of 141, although some had previously served as a legislator and are either moving to a new house or returning after an absence. The article described the advice General Assembly leadership gave to new members: “Compromise is not a dirty word,”…

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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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Kirwan Commission Seeks Public Input

The [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education is inviting representatives of Statewide and local organizations, as well as members of the general public, to participate in a public hearing on November 29, 2018. Known as the Kirwan Commission because it is chaired by former University System Chancellor Brit Kirwan, the Commission is set to recommend the first major revision to Maryland’s school funding formula since the Bridge to Excellence in Public Schools Act…

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Conduit Street Podcast: New Laws Take Effect, Internet Regs Spark Latest Clash Over States’ Rights, & More!

On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Kevin Kinnally discuss a handful of new Maryland laws, which took effect this week, explain why California's new net neutrality law sparked the latest debate over states' rights, and examine the impact of congressional action (or inaction) on state laws. Listen here: 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…

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