MACo To Governor: Please Sign Highway User Restoration

This session proved a pivotal year for highway user revenue restoration. Both the House and Senate agreed early on to provide local governments their first multi-year commitment in nearly a decade to bring back some of the local transportation funding that was decimated by about 90 percent in 2010. By passing SB 516/HB 807, the … Continue reading MACo To Governor: Please Sign Highway User Restoration

What’s Up With All These Highway User Bills?

Perhaps local governments are making progress moving the needle, or maybe it’s just because it’s an election year – but the 2018 session has experienced an inundation of bills seeking to restore highway user revenues to local governments. MACo’s key legislative initiative bill is the Local Infrastructure Fast Track for Maryland Act – a consensus bill … Continue reading What’s Up With All These Highway User Bills?

Join MACo In Calling For A Local Infrastructure Fast Track

A perennial MACo initiative, counties have called for the return of their fair share of transportation-sourced revenues to fund their roadwork for years. This year, MACo’s initiative calls for a Local Infrastructure Fast Track – a #LIFT4MD – to bring local governments back their historic 30 percent share of transportation revenues from the State’s Transportation … Continue reading Join MACo In Calling For A Local Infrastructure Fast Track

Making the 2018 Session Successful For Counties at #MACoCon

Conclude the 2017 MACo Winter Conference with an introduction to MACo’s 2018 Legislative Initiatives, provide your input on managing these issues, and learn what you can do to help the county community achieve these important goals. Session 2018: Path to Success Description MACo’s success in Annapolis depends on contact at every level. Roll up your … Continue reading Making the 2018 Session Successful For Counties at #MACoCon

Time for a Local Infrastructure Fast Track

Each year MACo adopts a slate of four top legislative initiatives, and this year, MACo reprises its request for wise investment in local infrastructure. Local Infrastructure Fast Track for Maryland (#LIFT4MD) Investing in infrastructure – a call addressed to every level of government – improves safety, economic development, and quality of life. Nonetheless, funding for … Continue reading Time for a Local Infrastructure Fast Track

MACo 2018 Initiatives: Infrastructure, Schools, Sunshine, and 9-1-1

Each year MACo adopts a slate of top legislative initiatives, typically representing the wide swath of services counties deliver to Maryland residents. 2018 is no exception, as the MACo initiatives cover education, public safety, public works, and citizen access issues. Below is the set of top issues for the year ahead, adopted by the Legislative … Continue reading MACo 2018 Initiatives: Infrastructure, Schools, Sunshine, and 9-1-1

Water Companies Are Billions Short to Fix Country’s Aging Water Systems

You wouldn’t think a Civil War relic would bring you fresh, clean drinking water. But that’s how bad things have gotten with our nation’s aging water system. According to WUSA, Some pipes are so old, they are literally cracking at the seams. The impact can be massive like the water main break on December 23, … Continue reading Water Companies Are Billions Short to Fix Country’s Aging Water Systems

2017 End of Session Wrap-Up: Highway User Revenues

Below is a brief overview of MACo’s work to restore county roads funding that was cut during the Great Recession.   Follow links for more coverage on Conduit Street and MACo’s Legislative Database.  Highway User Revenues The General Assembly maintained an additional $8.8 million in additional local transportation aid to be allocated among 23 counties. For … Continue reading 2017 End of Session Wrap-Up: Highway User Revenues

U.S. Infrastructure Gets “D+”; 24% of MD Roads In Poor Condition

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has graded the U.S.’s infrastructure with a D+, estimating that it would take an additional $2 trillion by 2025 to bring that grade to a B. The Infrastructure Report Card is one of the most frequently cited reports on the condition of infrastructure in the country. The U.S. has … Continue reading U.S. Infrastructure Gets “D+”; 24% of MD Roads In Poor Condition

Senate Subcommittee Pares Back Highway User Revenues

The Senate Budget and Taxation Public Safety, Transportation and Environment Subcommittee voted to reduce the Governor’s proposal to provide transportation capital grants to counties and Baltimore City. Counties’ share was reduced from $27.4 million to $12.8 million.  This includes $4 million of capital grants which counties have received since fiscal 2016. Baltimore City’s share was reduced … Continue reading Senate Subcommittee Pares Back Highway User Revenues