Hogan on Kirwan Blueprint: Okay on 2019 Bill, Yes to Funding It, and We’ll See About The Long Term

Governor Hogan says he will fund the education "blueprint" bill's programs for the upcoming year, but expresses concerns about long term plan's affordability. Settling increasing anxiety among many stakeholders, Governor Hogan today announced his intentions regarding the first stage of school funding reforms, passed in SB 1030 this session. The essence of his views: -The bill's FY 2020 funding was left to the Governor's discretion whether to approve - he will do so. The General…

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Escalated Education Funding Requirements, Draft Blueprint Dollar Distributions, and Many More Charts

Revised draft data finds that half of Maryland’s counties may be mandated to increase their per-pupil funding for K-12 education under a state law enacted in 2012. This revised draft State Aid document also includes the DLS-prepared county-by-county distribution projections for the Kirwan blueprint bill passed by the General Assembly. The education escalator, a device that mandates increases in county funding for local school systems, will require twelve counties in Maryland to increase their per-pupil…

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Preemption, PIA, and “Green Amendment” Hot Topics for Maryland Government Attorneys

The State and Local Government Section of the Maryland State Bar Association met to discuss the 2019 General Assembly Session and legislation of interest in their practice area. At a regular meeting of the Maryland State Bar Association's section for State and local government attorneys, the group heard a review of the 2019 Session from Delegates Marc Korman and Trent Kittleman, MACo's Research Director Robin Clark Eilenberg, the Maryland Municipal League's Government Relations Manager Bill…

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Conduit Street Podcast: Madame Speaker, Mister Mayor

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. Useful Links Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Kirwan Blueprint Funding: The Ins, Outs, What-Have-Yous Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Adrienne Jones Voted In As New Speaker Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Young Formally Assumes Mayor Role Following Pugh Resignation

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DLS Releases Final FY20 Two-Year Charts Detailing State Aid

Wondering what’s in the State’s fiscal 2020 operating budget for your county? The Department of Legislative Services (DLS) has crunched the numbers for you – and even compares them to fiscal 2019. Find the latest two State Aid reports here: Two-year Charts by Governmental Entity (Summarizes all counties on one-page) Two-year Charts by Program (Detailed listing of State aid programs – two page summary for each county) Allegany Anne Arundel Baltimore City Baltimore County Calvert Caroline Carroll…

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Commission on State Debt: Keep Property Tax Rates Flat

At its April 24th meeting, the Board of Public Works will set the state property tax rate for FY 2020. The Board’s advisory group, the Commission on State Debt, has unanimously recommended that the tax rate remain flat – at the same 11.2 cents per $100 value for real property that has been in place since 2007. According to Maryland Matters: While the state’s property tax rate has stayed at 11.2 cents per $100 of…

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2019 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 2019 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, reviving county health department funding,…

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2019 End of Session Wrap-Up: Emergency Services

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area of emergency services policy in the 2019 General Assembly.  County governments lead the delivery of public safety services in Maryland - with responsibility for county fire, police, and emergency services. MACo's advocacy in the area of emergency services includes urging needed state support for county public safety services such as 9-1-1 call centers, and natural disaster response, and ensuring that all first responders…

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Kirwan Blueprint Bill Sailing to Governor

The "Education Blueprint" bill with initial recommendations from the Kirwan Commission, and two years worth of funding, is on its way toward passage. SB 1030 has been amended and passed in the House of Delegates, with strong bi-partisan support, and appears headed to the Governor. The two-year spending plan includes targeted funding for special education students, schools with high density of poverty, and teacher salary incentives. The bill, with multiple changes and compromises incorporated at…

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Kirwan “Blueprint” Bill Amended, Moving in Senate

The vast "Blueprint" bill implementing initial steps toward the Kirwan Commission recommendations is moving in the Senate, after being amended significantly. The Senate Committee on Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs has unanimously passed an amended version of the highly-anticipated "Blueprint for Maryland's Future" legislation. The bill includes two years of funding provisions to support initial recommendations of the Kirwan Commission (Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education), and establishes policy guidance for the longer term…

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