Fiscal Briefing Highlights Budget Big Picture

The Department of Legislative Services (DLS) today presented its annual fiscal briefing to the General Assembly budget committees. This briefing provides a comprehensive overview of the Governor’s proposed FY 2021 operating and capital budgets, aid to local governments, and the State’s economic and revenue outlook. The Quick Look at Fiscal 2021 Budget shows that the Governor’s proposed budget leaves a general fund balance of $414.4 million at the end of fiscal 2020 and $108.5 million at…

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Governor Hogan Proposes $1 Billion Tax Cut for Retirees

Governor Larry Hogan yesterday unveiled a proposal to cut taxes for retirees by more than $1 billion over the next five years. “People who have been lifelong Marylanders and have contributed so much, and still have more to offer, are moving to other states for one reason—our state’s sky-high retirement taxes,” said Governor Hogan. The bill would eliminate all state tax on the first $50,000 of income for retirees making up to $100,000 in federally…

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Governor’s 2021 Budget Proposal – What It Means for Counties

Governor Larry Hogan yesterday unveiled his FY 2021 budget proposal. Overall, the $47.9 billion budget proposal -- a 1.5 percent increase from the current fiscal year -- increases aid to local governments by $310.9 million over FY 2020, most of which is in the form of education, aid, which increases by $212.8 million. SDAT Cost Shift The Governor’s Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act (BRFA) (HB 152) revives an attempt (unsuccessful in previous years) to shift…

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2020 Built to Learn Act – “Supercharged” School Construction Bill
Crofton Area High School (photo courtesy of Anne Arundel County Public Schools
2020 Built to Learn Act – “Supercharged” School Construction Bill

The 2020 Built to Learn Act would drive an additional $2.2 billion in school construction funding, by leveraging casino "lockbox" revenues for bonds. Legislation creating a large new funding program for school construction has been introduced for the second year in the General Assembly. The 2020 bill has many similarities to last year and additionally, pulls recommendations from the 2019 Workgroup on the Assessment and Funding of School Facilities. The Built to Learn Act 2020…

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Inclement Weather Policy for MACo and Annapolis Meetings

As bad weather looms, and the legislative session is in full swing, MACo wants our members and meeting participants to have easy and timely access to information on Annapolis events. On any day with inclement weather, MACo will post information to the blog site on its policy for that day as early as possible — usually by 7:30 am. Here are a few guidelines and procedures for events: The General Assembly – Bill hearings, briefings,…

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Annual Environmental Legislative Summit Happening January 29th

The 2020 Annual Environmental Legislative Summit will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm. Hosted by a coalition of Maryland environmental groups known as the Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE), the Environmental Legislative Summit offers an overview of environmental issues that will be brought before the General Assembly this session. Environmental advocates and leading members of the General Assembly will be present. The event is open to the…

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OP-ED: Cities and Counties Embrace a Local Path Forward for 5G, Reject Preemption

In an op-ed piece in  The Daily Record's Annapolis Summit 2020 MACo and MML highlight how cities and counties across the state are providing a path forward for 5G small cells on a local level and why statewide preemption bills are not needed: Maryland’s cities and counties are 5G ready! Nearly 50 jurisdictions in Maryland have already enacted local ordinances or regulations governing small cells, and dozens more are pending. In fact, thousands of small…

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Veto Overrides Among Early Session Business

The 2020 General Assembly session, beginning today, will include deliberation over several bills vetoed by the Governor following the 2019 session. A number of 2019 bills, since vetoed by Governor Hogan, will gather consideration for a potential override in the early stages of this year's session. A list of the pending vetoed bills was read across the House floor on the session's opening day, January 8: January 8, 2020 Calendar of Vetoed House Bills No.…

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