2021 End of Session Wrap-Up: Taxes and Revenues

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo's work in the area of tax policy in the 2021 General Assembly.  The General Assembly routinely considers proposals to change tax structures, often seeking to stimulate economic growth, encourage beneficial activities, or attract and retain residents. These proposals often are focused exclusively on the state's tax structure, but sometimes extend to local revenues as well. In general, MACo stands for local self-determination. Counties, led by their…

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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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General Assembly Passes Bill to Assist Homeowners In Tax Sale

The Maryland General Assembly this week passed HB 852 Property – Tax Sales – Homeowner Protection Program, legislation that contemplates a novel approach to divert homeowners from the private tax lien process into an alternative program to minimize tax collection costs, assist with the payment of overdue taxes, and allow homeowners to remain in their homes. The bill, sponsored by House Ways and Means Committee Chair, Delegate Anne Kaiser, establishes the Homeowner Protection Program, which…

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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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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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Bill to Remove Administrative Burden in Property Tax Collection Moving in Senate

A bill to repeal the state processing fee for filing articles of dissolution and certificates of cancellation has passed the House of Delegates and looks to be on track to advance from the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. MACo supports HB 647 Corporations and Associations – Fees for Processing Articles of Dissolution, Certificates of Cancellation, and Other Documents – Repeal., as county governments expend significant time and resources on fruitless and administratively burdensome attempts to collect…

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Senate, Following House, Passes County-Friendly Budget

The Maryland Senate this week passed a county-friendly budget that relieves counties of proposed cost shifts and restores needed funding for community colleges. The nearly $51 billion budget plan leaves enough cash on hand to erase the projected fiscal 2023 budget shortfall. In addition, a general fund surplus is forecast through fiscal 2024. While the Senate made several amendments to the House version of the budget bill and Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2021…

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