March 26, 2021
School Funding Laws, Coming Into Focus
The hazy picture of school funding laws, and what the State will require of its counties, is finally coming into focus in the General Assembly. With the delayed enactment of the Kirwan Blueprint legislation, and an aberrant enrollment count in September 2020, a late-session “clean up” bill should settle these unanswered questions. Senate action on the bill is wrapping up, and an expected House concurrence should send this “emergency” package toward becoming law. Conduit Street has your coverage, what it will mean for your budget this year, what effects have been spared for next year, and how the State will accommodate the obvious quirks in enrollment during pandemic-driven remote schooling.
SPOTLIGHT ON LEADERSHIP

Among the best teams, there’s a leader who has instilled trust, created a compelling direction and vision of the future, established clear roles and expectations and created a forum or process for active collaboration, feedback, dialogue, action and follow-through. It’s like most everything in life: to achieve greatness, some assembly is required and when it comes to being the best team, it takes significant assembly on the part of the leader, as well as each member of the team.

Conduit Street Podcast Corner:

On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including the latest on two competing proposals to reform law enforcement protocols and accountability in Maryland, the budget plan, sports wagering, adult-use cannabis, and the significance of an unusually high amount of chatter on "local bills."

Counties In Action
MDE Secretary Grumbles visits Lake Waterford to discuss protecting yellow perch spawning habitat.
CE Elrich visits newest vac site in Takoma Park - will serve 600 people weekly from hardest hit communities.
Lt. Gov Rutherford visits Historic St. Mary's to see the newly uncovered 1634 fort.
Corporate Partner Corner

MACo Bronze Corporate Partner, Aetna, encourages everyone to explore self-care as a lifestyle, not just a wellness trend.
Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 46.7 million people with information and resources to help them make better-informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers’ compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna’s customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups, and expatriates. @Aetna

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