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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When Do State Tax Changes Spill Over Into County Budgets?

As the 2019 session ramps up, talk of state tax changes have filled the headlines. A level deeper, though – what state tax decisions might have direct or carryover effects on county budgets? A quick primer: PERSONAL INCOME TAXES The state income tax is the top source of general revenue, and the biggest overall target for policy changes. Since county tax rates are independent of the state rates – counties are affected by some state…

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Keeping Up with Kirwan at #MACoCon

The [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education was formed in 2016 to answer two questions: Should the State revise current education funding formulas? And, what major new education policies must be enacted to put Maryland public schools on par with the best in the world? And while the Commission's final recommendations won't be ready in time for the 2019 session of the Maryland General Assembly, the pattern and role of county funding, spending formulas,…

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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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SDAT: Reassessment Shows 9.1% Statewide Increase in Group 1 Property Values

All 23 Counties and Baltimore City Increase for the First Time Since 2008 The Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) today announced its 2019 reassessment of 696,947 residential and commercial properties. The overall statewide increase for “Group 1" properties was 9.1%; this is the first reassessment since 2008 where all 23 counties and Baltimore City posted an increase. According to a press release: The properties in “Group 1” are reassessed by the Department…

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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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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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Conduit Street Podcast: Major School Construction Proposal, Clues to the Kirwan Cost Split, 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: Hogan Announces $3.5 Billion “Building Opportunity Fund” School Construction Initiative Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Local Aid Percentages Still Undecided in Quirky Year for School…

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