Conduit Street Podcast: Major School Construction Proposal, Clues to the Kirwan Cost Split, and More!

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: Hogan Announces $3.5 Billion “Building Opportunity Fund” School Construction Initiative Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Local Aid Percentages Still Undecided in Quirky Year for School…

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State Writes Down Revenue Projections by $73 Million

The Board of Revenue Estimates today voted to decrease its September 2018 revenue projections for fiscal 2019 by 0.1 percent to $18.07 billion – a decrease of $18 million. The board also said that it will write down its September 2020 projections by 0.3 percent to $18.71 billion - a decrease of $55 million. The board earlier this year increased its fiscal 2020 projections by $400 million. State Comptroller Peter Franchot urged Governor Hogan and the…

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Hogan Announces $3.5 Billion “Building Opportunity Fund” School Construction Initiative

Governor Larry Hogan today announced plans to propose legislation during the 2019 General Assembly session to provide $1.9 billion in new school construction funding over five years. Called the Building Opportunity Fund, the initiative would give the Maryland Stadium Authority oversight over the new funding, and include accountability measures. According to a press release: This proposed new funding is in addition to the $1.6 billion in public school construction funding currently included in the state’s…

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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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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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County Executive McCarthy Welcomes New Council Members
Councilman Al Miller, County Executive Alan McCarthy, Councilman Bill Coutz and Director of Administration Al Wein (photo courtesy of Cecil County Government)
County Executive McCarthy Welcomes New Council Members

Newly elected Cecil Council members Bill Coutz (District 2) and Al Miller (District 3) yesterday met with County Executive Alan McCarthy and participated in a meet and greet with county employees. According to a press release: Coutz and Miller join George Patchell (District 4) , who also won re-election for his second term, as well as President Bob Meffley and Vice President Jackie Gregory, on the Cecil County Council. “My congratulations are extended to each…

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Frederick, Fort Detrick Partnerships Earn Award from U.S. Army
Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner and Fort Detrick Garrison Commander Col. Scott M. Halter accept the 2018 Army Community Partnership Award (photo courtesy of Frederick County Government)
Frederick, Fort Detrick Partnerships Earn Award from U.S. Army

Frederick County Government and Fort Detrick were honored this week as winners of a 2018 Army Community Partnership Award. Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner and Fort Detrick Garrison Commander Col. Scott M. Halter accepted the award at the Hall of Heroes in the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. According to a press release: Frederick County and Fort Detrick were honored for two initiatives: dispatching Fort Detrick emergency calls from the County’s 9-1-1 center and assisting Fort…

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