Study: Maryland Migration Rates “Roughly Equal”

According to the results of United Van Lines’ 43rd Annual National Movers Study, which tracks customers’ state-to-state migration patterns over the past year, Idaho saw the highest percentage of inbound migration among states experiencing more than 250 moves* with United Van Lines: 67.4 percent. For the second consecutive year, the study found that more residents moved out of New Jersey than any other state, as 68.5 percent of New Jersey moves were outbound. The study by the national…

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Tobacco Tax Increase Would Help County Health Programs

MACo submitted written testimony today to support SB 3 - Electronic Smoking Devices, Other Tobacco Products, and Cigarettes - Taxation and Regulation. The bill increases the tobacco tax rate on cigarettes and other tobacco products and imposes a tax on electronic smoking devices. It also removes the prohibition from local governments imposing a tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products -- enabling counties to access an additional tool for use in their own anti-tobacco strategies. From…

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Hogan Appoints Chanel Branch to House of Delegates

Governor Larry Hogan today appointed Chanel A. Branch to the Maryland House of Delegates. The governor appointed Branch following the recommendation of the Baltimore City Democratic Central Committee. According to a press release: “I am confident that Chanel Branch will represent the citizens of Baltimore City admirably in her new role as a state delegate,” said Governor Hogan. “I offer Ms. Branch my sincere congratulations and look forward to working with her during this legislative…

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Hettleman Nominated as Replacement for Vacant Senate Seat

Maryland state Delegate Shelly Hettleman was recommended by the Baltimore County Democratic State Central Committee for the vacant District 11 Senate seat. The seat has been vacant since the beginning of January when Judicial Proceedings Chairman Senator Bobby Zirkin stepped down from office. From Baltimore Sun: Hettleman obtained four out of five votes from the committee members representing District 11, which includes neighborhoods in northwest Baltimore County, such as Pikesville, Owings Mills and part of…

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MACo to Ways and Means Committee: Prioritize Schools, Behavioral Health, Local Decision-Making

MACo’s 2020 President, Baltimore City Council Member Sharon Green Middleton, First Vice President, Caroline County Commissioner Wilbur Levengood, Chair of MACo's Education Subcommittee, Montgomery County Council Member Craig Rice, and MACo Associate Director Kevin Kinnally today presented MACo’s 2020 Legislative Initiatives to the House Ways and Means Committee. The MACo panel followed the Department of Legislative Services’ analysts, who presented the annual Overview of State Aid to Local Governments. Substance use disorders and mental illness…

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General Assembly Veto Override Votes Delayed Until Next Week

Senate President Bill Ferguson and Speaker of the House Adrienne Jones announced Tuesday in their respective chambers that bills vetoed last year by Governor Larry Hogan will be taken up next week by the legislature. They were scheduled to be presented for action on the House and Senate floors this week, but have been pushed back to January 30. In 2019 Governor Hogan vetoed several pieces of legislation, the majority of which were passed with…

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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 FY 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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