Maryland Commission on Health Equity Convenes for First Time

On Monday, October 18th, the Maryland Commission on Health Equity (MCHE), established as a part of the Shirley Nathan Pulliam Health Equity Act of 2021, held its first meeting to develop a statewide plan to improve health outcomes and increase health equity in Maryland. The meeting occurred soon after the Maryland Department of Health's (MDH) announcement of the Commission's membership, which includes: Steven R. Schuh, Deputy Secretary for Health Care Financing, Maryland Department of Health (Chair) Mary…

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Changing of the Guard: Treasurer Kopp to Step Down, AG Frosh Won’t Seek Third Term
Maryland State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp (source: Maryland Manual Online)
Changing of the Guard: Treasurer Kopp to Step Down, AG Frosh Won’t Seek Third Term

State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp will step down this year; Attorney General Brian E. Frosh will not seek a third term as Maryland’s chief legal officer. Treasurer Kopp Announces Retirement After more than 50 years in public service, Maryland State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp announced her plans to step down by the end of this year. The second-longest-serving Maryland State Treasurer, and the second woman to serve in the role, Treasurer Kopp was first elected…

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Governor’s Redistricting Commission Releases Draft Maps for Public Input

This week, per Governor Larry Hogan’s executive order, the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission released final proposed drafts of the congressional, legislative, and state senate maps and public review. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the governor’s executive order charges the commission with producing fair maps for both state legislative and congressional districts that comply with a set of criteria, including: Complies with U.S. Constitution and Voting Rights Act of 1965 Respects natural boundaries and geographic integrity Does…

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Here’s How Governor Hogan Plans to Spend $2.5B Budget Surplus

Governor Larry Hogan this week released a five-point framework for spending a $2.5 billion budget surplus. The massive fund balance -- the result of much larger-than-expected revenue growth, primarily driven by an influx of federal stimulus funding, as well as a significant uptick in personal and business income and consumer spending — is the largest in state history. The five-point plan includes bolstering the state's rainy-day fund, tax relief for retirees and working families, enhancing…

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Federal Courts, Private Prisons, and Potential Conflict

A recent federal court case could have significant implications for legislatures seeking to limit or eliminate private detention centers across the country, including in Maryland. In The Geo Group, Inc. v. Newsom, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit reversed a lower court's injunction preventing a private prison company from operating in California based on a state law, AB 32, that phases "out all private detention facilities within the state." The Court justified its…

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MD Senate Republicans Announce Caucus Leadership

This week, the Maryland Senate Republican Caucus unanimously re-elected Senator Bryan Simonaire as Minority Leader and elected Senator Justin Ready as Minority Whip. Former Minority Whip Senator Michael Hough recently announced that he would not seek re-election in the Senate as he will be running for Frederick County Executive in 2022. As a result, he also decided not to seek re-election as Minority Whip. According to a statement from the Maryland Senate Republican Caucus: “Re-election…

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Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives Announces New Office of Immigrant Affairs
Lorena Rivera
Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives Announces New Office of Immigrant Affairs

On Friday, the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives announced the establishment of the Office of Immigrant Affairs to better promote English language programs, strengthen access to career options, and assist with paths to U.S. citizenship. The new office is statutorily required by SB 85, which passed in the 2021 legislative session. Lorena Rivera, the current director of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives Commission on Hispanic Affairs, will serve as director of the Office of…

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Board of Revenue Estimates Approves Nearly $1 Billion Write-Up for FY22

Federal relief funds, higher-than-expected tax revenues drive nearly $1 billion revenue write-up for fiscal 2022. The Maryland Board of Revenue Estimates today voted to dramatically increase the revenue projections for fiscal 2022 by 5 percent to $21.1 billion, representing a $995 million increase from the March estimates. Additionally, the Board -- which includes Comptroller Peter Franchot, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and Budget Secretary David Brinkley -- set the first official revenue forecast for fiscal 2023 at…

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State Closes FY21 with $2.5B Fund Balance

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that the State of Maryland closed its books on fiscal 2021 with an unassigned balance of the State’s General Fund of $2.5 billion, representing more than five percent of its $48 billion operating budget for fiscal 2021. The massive fund balance results from much larger-than-expected revenue growth, primarily driven by an influx of federal stimulus funding, as well as a significant uptick in personal and business income and consumer…

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