Conduit Street Podcast: Clues to Hogan’s Budget Proposal, Economic Uncertainty Looming, and the Latest from #MDGA19

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: Governor Hogan Previews 2020 Budget Proposal Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Federal Government Shutdown: State, Local Governments Feel the Pinch Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Maryland Counties Rally…

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Hogan 2020 Budget Proposal: Targeted New Commitments, No Local Shifts

Governor Larry Hogan today previewed the administration's fiscal year 2020 budget proposal. Among the highlights of the $46 billion budget plan, a 4.2 percent increase from the current fiscal year, are a 3 percent pay raise for state employees, $6.9 billion for k-12 education, $438 million for school construction, and $3.3 billion for transportation projects. The budget also includes $56 million to encourage investment in Maryland's Opportunity Zones. The Opportunity Zones incentive is a new…

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Federal Government Shutdown: State, Local Governments Feel the Pinch

The partial federal government shutdown is having a significant impact on state and local revenues, according to a new report from the State Comptroller's Office. Approximately 172,000 Marylanders impacted by the partial government shutdown have missed out on an estimated $778 million in wages, resulting in $57.5 million less in state and local income tax withholding and $2.1 million less in sales tax collections. The partial federal government shutdown, which began on December 22, 2018,…

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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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Maryland Winning Fiscal ‘Give & Take’ with Federal Government in 2017

Maryland received $36.5 billion more in federal funding than Maryland provided to the federal government in taxes and other revenues in the 2017 federal fiscal year. A new report from the Rockefeller Institute of Government compares the amount of federal funding flowing to states with the amount of revenues and other payments that States make to the federal government, Governing magazine shares. According to the Rockefeller data (check out the portal), Maryland is the 4th highest…

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Bill to Restore Full SALT Deduction Emerges in New Congress

The State and Local Tax "SALT" deduction was capped by the tax law passed in late 2017. Two New York lawmakers in the U.S. House have re-introduced a bill to fully restore a federal tax deduction for state and local taxes that was capped under the massive federal tax overhaul that was enacted a little over a year ago. The SALT deduction allows taxpayers to subtract state and local income, sales and property taxes from…

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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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Kevin Kinnally Moves Up, Will Lead Fiscal Issues for MACo

Kevin Kinnally will lead MACo's advocacy on fiscal issues, in his new role as Associate Director For the 2019 session, Kevin Kinnally will change roles, and gain a new title, becoming MACo's Associate Director. The progression continues his advance in serving Maryland counties, via policy work and communications. He will be the lead staff to MACo's subcommittee dealing with tax and fiscal issues, and will also cover elections and intergovernmental policy topics. Most recently, Kevin…

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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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Delayed or Derailed? What’s Next for Kirwan?

The [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education came to Annapolis this week with high expectations. After all, the Commission was set to put the final touches on its recommendations to transform Maryland's public education system into one of the best in the world. But the 25-member panel was dealt a devastating blow on Thursday, delivered in a letter from Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch. With the 2019 General Assembly…

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