June 25th IAC Meeting Minutes Available

Maryland's Interagency Commission on School Construction (IAC) was established by the Board of Public Works to administer Maryland's Public School Construction Program and is chaired by State Superintendent of Schools, Karen Salmon. The IAC operates under the provisions of the Rules, Regulations, and Procedures for the Administration of the School Construction Program which are approved and amended by the Board of Public Works. It meets once a month and the meetings are open to the…

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Department of Planning Announces School Enrollment Projections, Large Enrollment Boost Expected

The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) projects public school enrollment will see a large increase over the next few years. Planning uses Grade Succession Ratio methodology to prepare school enrollment projections, which requires historical data for each political subdivision on the number of live births and number of children enrolled in public school by grade. Projections for the next 10 years (2020-2029) show most of the growth occuring from 2020 to 2022, with "moderate growth…

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Franchot Says He Will Oppose Proposal to Slash County Disparity Grants
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot
Franchot Says He Will Oppose Proposal to Slash County Disparity Grants

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is poised to oppose several of Governor Larry Hogan's proposed budget cuts to account for increased spending and reduced revenues amid the COVID-19 public health crisis. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Board of Public Works -- a three-member panel which includes Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Nancy Kopp -- tomorrow will consider $672 million in state budget cuts as part of the Department of Budget and…

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Webinar — Creating Healthy Buildings: A Roadmap for Cities, Counties, and Schools

Schneider Electric is offering a live webinar entitled, "Creating Healthy Buildings: A Roadmap for Cities, Counties and Schools," this Thursday, June 25, 2020, to help assist members in dealing with the challenges of COVID-19: With an intense focus on how to create healthier environments, many schools, cities and counties are looking for strategies to make changes to their facilities without redirecting critical funds away from necessary programming and services. The benefits of healthier building design…

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State Casino Revenues Down $149M Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
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State Casino Revenues Down $149M Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

With Maryland’s six casinos closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, total gaming revenues are down by nearly $372.5 million compared to last year, while casino contributions to the state are down more than $148.8 million. Maryland’s casinos, racetracks, and simulcast betting facilities have been closed since March 16 in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus infections. Governor Larry Hogan yesterday announced that these facilities can resume operations beginning June…

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Montgomery Weighs Changes to Residential Construction Moratorium Policy

Yesterday, the Montgomery County Planning Department presented new policy recommendations to the County's Planning Board that would relax most  residential housing moratoriums.  In July of 2019, Montgomery County instituted a one-year residential development moratorium for areas in the county where schools had enrollments exceeding 120 percent of their capacity. The moratorium has affected roughly 60 square miles around nearly 30 schools. As the policy approaches its sunset, the Planning Department has submitted its recommendations to…

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Harford County Uses Humor to Promote 2020 Census

The 2020 Census is happening now, and Harford County has created a few short video ads to remind residents that everyone counts when it comes to improved funding for counties. From Harford County's YouTube page:   https://youtu.be/ojd7X8J02E0 https://youtu.be/cfSzw9kPGO4 A Spanish version of this video can be viewed here. Data from the decennial census is used to determine everything from the distribution of federal funds to states and local governments for social service programs, to government…

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Fitch Affirms Washington County’s AA+ Bond Rating

Fitch Ratings yesterday assigned an AA+ rating to Washington County’s 2020 series of general obligation bonds, deeming its fiscal outlook as stable. The AA+ rating keeps borrowing costs low for capital projects, and reflect the County’s sound fiscal policies, prudent long-range planning, and robust economy. In addition, Fitch has affirmed the county's AA+ Issuer Default Rating (IDR) and the AA+ rating on approximately $164 million of outstanding GO bonds. The Rating Outlook is Stable. On…

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Governor Vetoes Kirwan, Tax, Fiscal Bills in Silent Session Cap-off

On the final day allotted for his decision regarding legislation passed by the General Assembly during its abbreviated session, Governor Hogan vetoed 37 bills, including the high profile Kirwan Blueprint school funding legislation, and others with fiscal effects. Governor Hogan, through statements and in the absence of any traditional "bill signing ceremony," revealed his decisions regarding legislation passed during the recent legislative session, itself abbreviated by coronavirus worries. The bottom line - 37 vetoed bills,…

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