2021 End of Session Wrap-Up: State Operating Budget

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo's work in the area of State budget policy in the 2021 General Assembly.  County governments receive support through multiple state operating budget programs, and shifts in the State's budget can affect county governments in various ways. MACo seeks county budget security through maintenance of current state funding levels, and new funding programs, and enhancements in areas of growth and need. This year the Maryland General Assembly…

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Maryland Board of Public Works – April 21, 2021 Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works (BPW) reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have an effect on county governments. The BPW is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot. It meets on alternating Wednesdays and the meetings are open to the public. The meeting will be held in Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis. Note: In light of the COVID-19 epidemic,…

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April 7 Board of Public Works Meeting: What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) considered and approved the following requests and recommendations in its April 7, 2021 meeting. This is not a comprehensive list of all considerations and approvals during the meeting. Allegany A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $5,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Cumberland History Cemetery Organization, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of informational…

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Hogan Announces Additional $10M in Grants for Maryland Schools

Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland State Department of Education today announced $10 million in grant awards to support schools as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact education in Maryland. The announced funding will provide $1 million grants to 10 programs in order to address the needs of at-risk students and support innovative education solutions. Awarded through the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA), the funding will provide grants to local school…

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Maryland Casino Revenues Hit Record High

With most operating at full capacity for the first time since the onset of the pandemic, Maryland’s six casinos generated a single-month record of $169,179,016 in gaming revenue during the month of March, according to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. The total represents an increase of $5,916,168 (3.6%) compared to March of 2019, when the casinos produced the previous single-month record of $163,262,848. In 2020, all six casinos were closed from March 16…

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Several Governors Urge Biden to Repeal SALT Cap

Several governors are urging President Joe Biden to support a repeal of the $10,000 cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions. The push comes as President Biden and Congress begin negotiations on the president's ambitious $2 trillion infrastructure proposal, which calls for massive investments in America’s roadways, bridges, public transit, ports, and airports. According to Route Fifty: “Capping SALT deductions was based on politics, not logic or good government. This assault disproportionately targeted Democratic-run…

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Kirwan “Blueprint 2.0” Follow-up Bill Passed, Sent on to Governor

HB 1372, the follow-up bill adjusting multiple facets of the Kirwan Blueprint school plan, accommodating both the effects of the pandemic and the veto/override timetable, has passed the General Assembly. The "fix up" bill tending to multiple facets of the 2020 Kirwan Blueprint for Maryland's Future has passed, after receiving amendments in both chambers. The House has accepted the Senate changes, and the bill will be sent to Governor Hogan for his approval. Thus far,…

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State Answers MACo’s Call to Restore Cuts to County Disparity Grants

The State will restore $10.2 million in veto-driven cuts to the Disparity Grant program - which promotes fiscal equity by providing noncategorical state aid to less affluent counties with proven local income tax effort. The funding is part of a bipartisan budget agreement to allocate more than $3.9 billion in federal funding that the State expects to receive through the American Rescue Plan Act. As previously reported on Conduit Street, MACo, along with several counties…

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Maryland Board of Public Works – April 7, 2021 Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works (BPW) reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have an effect on county governments. The BPW is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot. It meets on alternating Wednesdays and the meetings are open to the public. The meeting will be held in Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis. Note: In light of the COVID-19 epidemic,…

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