Counties Support Additional Tool to Ensure Road Safety

On February 2, 2023, Associate Policy Director Dominic Butchko testified before the House Environment and Transportation Committee in support of HB 0094 - Vehicle Laws - Reduction of Speed Limits by Local Authorities. This bill delegates to local authorities the ability to address public safety concerns in community areas where the 25 mile per hour standard might not adequately protect the welfare of drivers or pedestrians. By enabling localities to lower the speed limit below…

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“Think Regionally” – A Conversation with Montgomery Council Member Kate Stewart

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' podcast "Think Regionally" features its new Board Chair, Montgomery County Council Member Kate Stewart. The Council of Governments, or WashCOG to many, represents and serves the governments in the national capital area, and connects leaders across borders to help shape strong communities and a better region. Every month, more than a thousand officials and experts come to COG to make connections, share information, and develop solutions to the region’s…

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Counties: Support Transit-Oriented Development

On January 25, 2023, Associate Policy Director Dominic Butchko submitted testimony to the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee in support of SB 0151 - Equitable and Inclusive Transit-Oriented Development Enhancement Act. The bill's cross-file, HB 0012, will be heard in the House Environment and Transportation Committee on February 2, 2023. In establishing the Transit-Oriented Development Capital Grant and the Revolving Loan Fund, this bill would provide the Department of Transportation with the requisite resources and…

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Counties Discuss Little Appreciated Roles of Public Works

At MACo’s Winter Conference panelists discussed the ins and out of public works.   Public Works is a massive policy area. It covers everything from pipes to roads, some buildings, and even airports. Some functions of county government may not draw much attention, but when a road collapses, or the water will not turn on, residents very quickly pay attention. Because of its central importance in how society functions, public works is a very key area…

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Maryland Launches $20M Water Assistance Relief Program

Marylanders struggling with past due water bills will soon find relief thanks to a new $20 million relief program.  Governor Larry Hogan recently announced a $20 million Water Assistance Relief Program that will support residents with water bill debt related to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the press release:  “We continue to provide ways—especially during the winter months—to help residents who may have difficulty with their water or heating bills,” said Governor Hogan. “Water systems…

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Look Ahead On Economic Development Policy, With MEDA and at #MACoCon

Public policy affecting economic development, building, and infrastructure will all be a focus for the fast-changing Annapolis landscape. The Maryland Economic Development Association's January conference will highlight it all. At the 2023 MEDA Conference, public and private sector leaders will share their thoughts on economic development-related legislation that will be considered by the Maryland General Assembly during the 2023 session. From the draft agenda for January 12th: 9:45 – 10:45 am   MARYLAND BUSINESS LEADERSHIP REPORT…

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Top Issues of 2023: Zero Emission Vehicles

With the 2022 Legislative Session rapidly approaching, MACo is profiling some major issues that stand to gather attention in the General Assembly. Maryland is one of the leading states when it comes to the adoption of zero-emission vehicles and in rolling out an electric vehicle charging network. In 2022, Maryland’s leaders are look stay a leader nationally when it comes to lowering emissions and encourage the use of electric vehicles. According to the issue papers,…

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Charles County’s Reuben B. Collins II to Serve as Transportation Planning Board Chair

Charles County Commissioner President and MACo Board Member Reuben Collins was elected to serve as the 2023 chair of the Transportation Planning Board At its December 21 meeting, the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) approved its slate of officers for 2023, electing Reuben B. Collins II, President of the Charles County Board of County Commissioners, to serve as TPB Chair. Collins is also a MACo board member. While he has served as TPB Vice-Chair…

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The Politics of Flushing? The Basics of Septic and Sewer at #MACoCon

On Thursday afternoon of MACo’s Winter Conference, be sure to attend our panel on sewer vs septics.   You really do not appreciate your wastewater infrastructure until your toilet doesn't flush. Sewer and septics systems represent the most underappreciated and unexpectedly controversial pieces of infrastructure. While it may not seem obvious initially, new county leaders need to understand the basics around the debate between sewer and septic issues. These critical systems remove waste, keep communities healthy,…

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Montgomery Launches EV Purchasing Co-op Dealership Incentive Program

Montgomery County recently unveiled Maryland's first EV purchasing Co-op dealership incentive program.  The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will be helping residents find discounts on electric vehicles (EVs) with the launch of its new “EV Purchasing Co-op Dealership Incentives” web page. The program is the first in Maryland where a local jurisdiction is partnering directly with local automobile dealerships to provide incentives and discounts for EV purchases. The program will amplify limited-time promotions and…

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