Rural Counties Coalition Will Look Ahead at Conference

MACo's Chapter Organization for rural counties will meet during the MACo Winter Conference, with updates and information for county leaders from rural areas, including solar siting and the Forest Conservation Act. The Maryland Rural County Coalition was formed by the governing bodies of Allegany, Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties on December, 12, 2011. Working in conjunction with MACo, the Coalition provides a voice for Maryland's rural counties, allowing them to offer their unique perspective on…

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Kaiser Permanente Wants You to Focus on Self-Care at #MACoCon

MACo's Gold Corporate Partner Kaiser Permanente will offer a Solutions Showcase session on the importance of self-care during breakfast on Friday at this year's Winter Conference. Cultivating Resilience for Total Well-Being Wellbeing goes beyond physical activity and healthy eating. Kaiser Permanente will show attendees the five pillars of wellbeing and help them understand how they can be supported in the workplace. Friday, December 6, 2019 from 8:45 am to 9:15 am Don’t miss this or any…

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Diversity Caucus to Host Reception at MACo Winter Conference

The Maryland County Officials Diversity Caucus (Diversity Caucus), a chapter organization of MACo, will host a reception at the MACo Winter Conference. The reception will be held Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge Maryland. This year the reception will highlight the 2020 census and hard to count communities with remarks from Diversity Caucus Treasurer Prince George's Council Member Deni Taveras. It is…

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Institute Warns of Debt From School Construction “Supercharging”

As legislative leaders tout plans to commit long term bonds to fast track billions in school construction projects, some worry about affordability. After failure in the 2019 session due to fiscal concerns in the Senate, legislative leadership announced the 2020 return of the Build to Learn Act, a $2.2 billion school construction and renovation bill. The Maryland Stadium Authority would issue bonds to cover the school construction spending and would be paid back over 20…

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Maryland Joins Multi-State Appeal Challenging SALT Cap Ruling

Maryland, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York today filed a notice of appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to continue litigation against the federal government for its cap on the deduction for state and local taxes (SALT). The SALT deduction allows taxpayers to subtract state and local income, sales and property taxes from their federal tax payment. The 2017 federal tax overhaul capped SALT deductions at $10,000 – a move…

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Reminder: Fats, Oils and Grease Go in the Trash!

American Water, a sponsor of MACo's Winter Conference, recently shared a post from their New Jersey affiliate on tips for proper disposal of cooking mediums to protect home plumbing and sewers.   From American Water's website: Next week, Thanksgiving will kick off the holiday season, bringing friends and loved ones together to celebrate, bond, and most of all eat. Many hours are spent cooking the perfect feast, but not much thought is given to cleaning…

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Maryland Counties Secure National Law Firm in Class-Action Suit Against Juul

Robbins, Geller, Rudman & Dowd LLP, one of the world's leading complex litigation firms, has been secured by Frederick and Montgomery counties in the growing class-action suit against electronic cigarette company Juul Labs Inc. and Altria Group, which is a 35 percent stakeholder in Juul and the parent company of Phillip Morris USA. The two Maryland counties join the state of California, and New York, which both filed suits against the company last week, according…

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Interactive Map Lets Harford Residents Track Transportation Projects

It is unquestionable that local governments – and, specifically, counties – maintain the lion’s share of the state’s roads and bridges. Unlike most other states, in Maryland, local governments own and maintain 83% of the roads. Harford County maintains more than 1,000 miles of roadways - the equivalent distance from Bel Air to Florida - and 223 bridges requiring dozens of major repair projects each year. In order to keep residents up-to-date on the latest…

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Sun: It Wasn’t Kirwan’s Job To Say How To Pay For Its Plan

The Baltimore Sun Editorial Board continues its missives on the proposed education plan by refuting the argument that the Kirwan Commission "failed" to develop a financing plan for its recommendations - something that was never in its charge. By now, every stakeholder (and Conduit Street reader) knows the basics:  Maryland is about to fully debate an ambitious and expensive plan to bring our public schools to "world class" status. The plan is the product of…

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Carroll Planning and Zoning Commission Approves 2019 Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan

The Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission (P&ZC) last week approved a resolution for the 2019 Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan. The multimodal transportation plan focuses on bicycle and pedestrian movement as well as recreational and tourism opportunities throughout the County. According to a press release: Planning staff worked extensively with the Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission, municipal staff, municipal planning and zoning commissions, and Carroll County citizens throughout the planning process. An interactive map featuring…

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