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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BPW to Consider $120M in State Budget Cuts Amid COVID-19 Economic Fallout

The Board of Public Works (BPW) this week will consider more than $120 million in current year state budget cuts to account for increased spending and reduced revenues amid the coronavirus public health crisis. The Department of Budget and Management is proposing to cut $120,841,000 from the fiscal 20 budget, the first round of budget cuts to offset COVID-19-related economic woes. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the state could lose up to $1.1 billion…

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U.S. House Passes $3T Stimulus Bill, Faces Pushback in Senate

The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed the HEROES (Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions) Act, the potential next phase of relief for the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill includes two separate, equal funds for counties and cities and provides $187.5 billion in vital relief to counties to address both lost revenue and increased expenditures as the result of the coronavirus pandemic. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the bill faces an uphill battle in the U.S.…

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Wicomico-Salisbury Complete Count Committee Seeking Virtual Art Contest Submissions

The Wicomico-Salisbury Complete Count Committee is hosting a virtual art contest to demonstrate through art why completing the census is so important. The Complete Count Committee is accepting submissions from artists in two categories: artists under the age of 18, who are asked to submit a painting or drawing depicting why the census is important, and artists 18 years of age or older, who are asked to submit a 30 second video of their experience…

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Fiscal Leaders: State Revenue Shortfall Could Hit $4 Billion by FY 2022

The Board of Board of Revenue Estimates today held a virtual nonvoting meeting to review updated projections on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Maryland’s economy. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the COVID-19 pandemic will likely have a devastating impact on state and local tax revenues. Bureau of Revenue Estimates Director Andrew Schaufele delivered an adjusted revenue forecast for fiscal 2020 and fiscal 2021, unveiled the first estimates for fiscal 2022, and explained the…

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Hogan, Cuomo Renew Call for Congress to Provide Fiscal Relief to States

"This is not a red state and blue state crisis." Governor Larry Hogan and Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York today renewed their bipartisan call for Congress to provide immediate fiscal relief for U.S. states and territories to address budgetary shortfalls resulting from the unprecedented COVID-19 public health crisis. Governor Hogan is the chairman of the National Governor’s Association (NGA), Governor Cuomo is the vice-chair. https://twitter.com/riccimike/status/1260579550104293377 As previously reported on Conduit Street, Hogan and Cuomo…

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Congressional Dems Unveil Fourth COVID-19 Relief Bill – Includes $1 Trillion for State, Local Govts

U.S. House Democrats today unveiled the HEROES (Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions) Act, a $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill that contains multiple policy priorities, including more than $1 trillion in funding for state and local governments, a new round of economic stimulus payments to individuals, the temporary elimination of a cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions, and the extension of enhanced federal unemployment benefits. Direct Aid to State and Local Governments The…

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Board of Revenue Estimates to Hold Briefing on Maryland’s Fiscal Outlook

The Board of Board of Revenue Estimates on Thursday will hold a virtual nonvoting meeting to review updated projections on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Maryland’s economy. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the COVID-19 pandemic will likely have a devastating impact on state and local tax revenues. Bureau of Revenue Estimates Director Andrew Schaufele will deliver an adjusted revenue forecast for FY 2020 and explain the economic indicators that are driving the…

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MDGFOA Webinar: Emerging from COVID-19 Economic Update with Anirban Basu

The Maryland Government Finance Officers Association (MDGFOA) will host a webinar on our current economic circumstances, how difficult things are likely to become over the foreseeable future, and the contours of the brisk recovery to come thereafter. According to MDGFOA: COVID-19 has rocked what had appeared to be a nearly invincible economy; one associated with substantial job growth, multi-decade lows in unemployment, sturdy compensation increases, robust retail sales, low inflation, and strong financial market performance.…

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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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