2018 Legislative Handbook Series – An Indispensable Reference

The Department of Legislative Services has released its quadrennial Legislative Handbook Series, a deep and useful reference series that encapsulates nearly every issue of government at the state and local level. The series may be downloaded or viewed online for free at the links below: Legislative Handbook Series: Vol 1 – Legislators Handbook Vol 2 – Government Services Vol 3 – Revenue Structure Vol 4 – Budget Process Vol 5 – Personnel, Pensions & Procurement…

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Keeping Up with Kirwan at #MACoCon

The [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education was formed in 2016 to answer two questions: Should the State revise current education funding formulas? And, what major new education policies must be enacted to put Maryland public schools on par with the best in the world? And while the Commission's final recommendations won't be ready in time for the 2019 session of the Maryland General Assembly, the pattern and role of county funding, spending formulas,…

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Dollars & Sense: Building a Capital Budget at #MACoCon
Jennifer Ellin speaks at the MACo Winter Conference
Dollars & Sense: Building a Capital Budget at #MACoCon

Budgeting to maintain local infrastructure is an essential function of county government. You must understand your infrastructure needs and maintenance schedule, establish project priorities, and develop sustainable funding mechanisms. Attendees at the MACo Winter Conference session, “Dollars & Sense: Building a Capital Budget,” learned best practices for planning and financing capital projects to meet public infrastructure and facility needs. Jenifer Ellin, Director, Fiscal and Administrative Services, Charles County, provided an introduction to the capital budgeting…

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Education and School Issues Among Many Topics for 2019 General Assembly Session

Leadership from the Maryland House of Delegates, Senate, and Governor's Administration speak about the 2019 General Assembly Session with perspective on perennial challenges facing Maryland.  Harford County Executive and MACo President Barry Glassman moderated a discussion of the upcoming General Assembly Session and issues facing county governments. Speaker of the House Michael Busch, Senate Majority Leader Douglas J.J. Peters, Minority Leader Senator J.B. Jennings, and Chief Legislative Officer of the Governor's Office Chris Shank shared…

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Conduit Street Podcast: Delayed or Derailed? What’s Next for Kirwan? #MACoCon 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: Delayed or Derailed? What's Next for Kirwan? Previous Conduit Street Coverage: County Officials Will “Hit the Ground Running” With MACo’s Newly Elected Officials Orientation Barry Rascovar:…

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Conduit Street Podcast: Kirwan’s Kryptonite, Stadium Squeeze, WotUS, 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: Kirwan's Kryptonite Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Presiding Officers Ask Kirwan Commission to Delay Recommendations Previous Conduit Street Coverage: EPA Unveils New Waters of…

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County Capital Projects Advance According to State School Construction Staff’s Recommendation

The Interagency Commission on School Construction approved the recommendations for 75% of the State's fiscal year 2020 funding at their December 13 meeting in Baltimore. The Interagency Commission on School Construction heard presentations from county governments regarding their fiscal year 2020 capital requests for the first time yesterday. Previously, these presentations were made to the Board of Public Works as the body allocating the funding. According to the agenda, the State Public School Construction Capital…

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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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Local Aid Percentages Still Undecided in Quirky Year for School Construction

The State has yet to commit to its share of school construction projects for fiscal year 2020, even though deadlines have passed for local governments to submit projects for funding consideration. This year marks a transition in school construction funding - from a system where the Governor, Comptroller, and Treasurer, as the panel that makes up the Board of Public Works, granted funding for public school construction projects - to a new process that empowers 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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