What’s in the FY 23 Capital Budget?

The fiscal year 2023 capital budget is now law, authorizing nearly $4 billion in capital projects. Here's what it means for counties. Earlier this week, Governor Larry Hogan signed the FY 23 capital budget into law. It will fund a diverse variety of projects around the state, including those dealing with construction, the environment, affordable housing, and even neighborhood revitalization. More than a quarter of the $4 billion capital budget will be used for convenbtional infrastructure projects…

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Extension of Education ARPA Deadline: What Counties Need to Know

The U.S. Department of Education will consider requests from local school districts for an 18-month extension on spending COVID-19 emergency funds. In a May 13 letter, the U.S. Department of Education agreed to consider applications to extend the deadline for LEAs to spend pandemic relief money provided by the American Rescue Plan’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund. The ARP ESSER program's goal is to help LEAs “prevent, prepare for, and respond to”…

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Interagency Commission on School Construction: May 11 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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Prince George’s Schools Embark on Ambitious Climate Action Plan

Prince George's County Public Schools approved an ambitious climate change action plan to lower the school system's carbon footprint and incorporate climate education into school curriculum. In total, the plan includes 58 recommendations stemming from a work group of diverse stakeholders. The Prince George's County Board of Education voted unanimously at its April 28 meeting to approve of a comprehensive plan and set of recommendations on how the school system can best help combat the…

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Garrett Co. Elementary School Named One of Few Green Ribbon Schools Nationwide

The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) named Crellin Elementary School (CES) in Oakland, Garrett County, a 2022 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honoree. CES is the only school in the state of Maryland to receive this award, and is one of just 27 honorees nationwide. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) nominated Garrett County's Crellin Elementary School for the prestigious Green Ribbon Schools award for its work remedying a local creek…

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Howard County Makes Historic Investment in School Construction

Includes over $30 million to address systemic renovations and deferred maintenance Howard County today announced a historic investment in school construction that aims to address overcrowding by creating an additional 2,400 spaces for students by 2023. County Executive Ball’s proposed budget includes $105.9 million for school construction, which fully funds requests by the Board of Education and HCPSS. "Through responsible management and strong partnerships, we can now invest more than $105 million in school construction…

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2022 Session: Recap and Wrap-Ups

Catch up on all of the latest outcomes of the 2022 Maryland General Assembly session with wrap-ups on important county-related bills in each policy area. This year, the Maryland General Assembly conducted a legislative session unlike any other due to the enduring COVID-19 pandemic. The unique circumstances surrounding the 444th legislative session, including necessary health and safety measures, posed a challenge for lawmakers and advocates alike, with one chamber in-person and the other remote for…

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2022 End of Session Wrap-Up: School Construction and Capital Budget

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area of school construction in the 2022 General Assembly.  County Governments partner with the State of Maryland to fund school construction projects throughout Maryland. K-12 school renovation and construction projects make up a substantial portion of any county’s capital budget, and the needs of Maryland students are consistently a high priority. The unique circumstances surrounding the 444th legislative session, including necessary health and…

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Mayor’s “State of the City” Targets Crime, Housing Issues with Optimism

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott's first in-person "State of the City" address looked at successes and challenges, and set sights on tough issues confronting city leaders. The roughly 45-minute long address highlighted the administration’s accomplishments and plans to continue the Mayor’s commitment to shape a safer, more resilient, equitable, and accountable Baltimore that better meets the needs of its residents. The Baltimore Sun's coverage noted: “We’ve been through a lot together in the past two years,…

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