March 1, 2019
Bracing for Bad News
In Next Week’s Revenue Update
Budget Secretary David Brinkley all but promised that the early-March revenue update will bring a lowering of the State’s official forecast. That means a tighter fit for this year’s fiscal plan. Legislative analysts have already outlined a “menu” of possible reductions, and on Friday a “reconciliation bill” was introduced to provide a vessel for possible statutory changes and fund transfers that may be part of a State reaction. This year’s unusually calm budget process just got a little less calm, as the details still loom.

Conduit Street Podcast Corner:
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson, Kevin Kinnally, and Natasha Mehu discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including a week of big hearings on Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911), funding for local health departments, school construction, and small cell wireless siting, a proposal to ban the use of  public genealogical databases to solve criminal cases, and examine the impact of a recent Supreme Court decision holding that civil asset forfeiture at the state and local level must occur under the same constitutional protections against excessive fines as they do at the federal level.
Listen to any MACo Podcast Episode:

Counties Testify
HB 397
Counties testified in support of HB 397 - Public Safety 9-1-1 Emergency Telephone System
SB 645
Counties testified in support of SB 645 - Local Health Services Funding - Modifications
SB 713
Counties testified in support of SB 713 - Wireless Facilities - Permitting and Sitting

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