State Closes with $2B Surplus, School Construction to Get Boost

Maryland again closed the Fiscal Year with a revenue surplus -- this time of $2 billion -- which will in-part boost State funding of school construction and capital projects. At the September 14 meeting of the Board of Public Works (BPW), Comptroller Peter Franchot announced that Maryland has closed its books on Fiscal Year 2022 with a revenue surplus of $2 billion in its General Fund, marking the second year in a row that the State’s…

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Sept. 14 Board of Public Works Meeting: Here’s What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) — a three-member panel including Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Dereck Davis — reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies, many of which affect county governments. The BPW considered and approved the following requests and recommendations at its meeting on September 14, 2022: Anne Arundel County A request from the Maryland Stadium Authority for approval to award the Guaranteed Maximum Price Package #3…

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Report Finds No Major Deficiencies in School Buildings, Work to Be Done

The Interagency Commission on School Construction has published an inaugural annual fiscal year report, which includes details on school construction spending and the annual Statewide Facilities Assessments report. The Interagency Commission on School Construction (IAC) inaugural Fiscal Year 2022 Annual Report is now available on the IAC website. The IAC has traditionally published information related to each of its funding programs and activities for public information on the IAC website or as required by statute. However, the IAC has…

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Interagency Commission on School Construction: Sept. 8 Meeting Agenda

The Interagency Commission on School Construction (IAC) — a nine member commission that serves resource for best practices and as a statewide expert in facilities operations and management that supports Local Education Agencies — reviews and supports the implementation of capital projects relating to the repair and building of school facilities. It typically convenes once a month via videoconference. The meeting is live-streamed for the public on the IAC’s YouTube channel. The Board’s next meeting…

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August 31 Board of Public Works Meeting: Here’s What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) — a three-member panel including Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Dereck Davis — reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies, many of which affect county governments. The BPW considered and approved the following requests and recommendations at its meeting on August 31, 2022: Allegany County A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $13,123 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure…

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We Are All in this Together: A Discussion on Housing Affordability

The shortage of affordable housing is hitting everyone, from senior and mid-career professionals, to college students just starting out. Conduit Street runs down some of the latest discussion about, and contributors to, this important topic. One does not need to look far to find evidence of families everywhere struggling with the increasing costs of rents and mortgages. Affordable housing is a unique issue that hits almost all demographic groups in some way. Household budgets stretch…

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Request for Proposals Best Practices in a Turbulent Economy at #MACoCon

A panel of experts help capital project managers see light at the end of a very expensive tunnel.  Public and private sector leaders came together to discuss challenges and opportunities across the entire life cycle of infrastructure projects in the wake of the pandemic. The Request for Proposals session focused on insights and resources for starting those projects and getting them over the finish line. On the government side, Joseph Siemek, Director of Public Works…

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Foundation of the Future: Infrastructure, Large and Small at #MACoCon

A panel of local, state, and federal experts shared valuable insights to make the most of an unprecedented investment in infrastructure, including tips for navigating the process ahead, developing and communicating local priorities, funding opportunities, critical timelines, and more. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is an unprecedented investment in the nation's infrastructure, including all modes of transportation, water, power, broadband, cybersecurity, energy, environmental remediation, resilience, and more. With Maryland set to receive billions over the next…

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August 10 Board of Public Works Meeting: Here’s What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) — a three-member panel including Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Dereck Davis — reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies, many of which affect county governments. The BPW considered and approved the following requests and recommendations at its meeting on August 10, 2022: Allegany County A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $12,376,000 in funding from the Community Parks and…

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Capital Debt Affordability Committee to Meet in October

Maryland's Capital Debt Affordability Committee will meet three days in October to set the State's capital debt limits for Fiscal Year 2024. The Capital Debt Affordability Committee (CDAC), chaired by State Treasurer Derick Davis, will meet on October 11, 14, and 19, 2022, to discuss the State's fiscal health and consider the limit on new state capital debt for the next fiscal year. Tuesday, October 11 CDAC agenda: Legislative review, revenue estimates, and the review of…

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