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A podcast on Maryland policy and politics, covering state and county issues. We’ll cover the General Assembly, Governor, state agencies, and county leaders and how it affects Marylanders and the public services they depend on. Counties deliver education, public safety, land use, infrastructure and most front-line services to Maryland residents – this podcast from the Conduit Street Annapolis headquarters of MACo, the Maryland Association of Counties, touches on it all.

A podcast on Maryland policy and politics, covering state and county issues. We’ll cover the General Assembly, Governor, state agencies, and county leaders and how it affects Marylanders and the public services they depend on. Counties deliver education, public safety, land use, infrastructure and most front-line services to Maryland residents – this podcast from the Conduit Street Annapolis headquarters of MACo, the Maryland Association of Counties, touches on it all.
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A podcast on Maryland policy and politics, covering state and county issues. We’ll cover the General Assembly, Governor, state agencies, and county leaders and how it affects Marylanders and the public services they depend on. Counties deliver education, public safety, land use, infrastructure and most front-line services to Maryland residents – this podcast from the Conduit Street Annapolis headquarters of MACo, the Maryland Association of Counties, touches on it all.

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Episodes

Live at #MACoCon with MDP & the US Census

8/18/2019
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The US Census plays an essential role in American democracy. Most fundamentally, it ensures that communities get the right representation in government. Less obviously, it plays a critical role in distributing hundreds of billions of federal dollars for a wide range of public services — including education, health, transportation, housing, community services, and job training. At the 2019 MACo Summer Conference, Maryland coordinators for the United States Census and Secretary of the...

Duration:00:29:22

School Funding, Fiscal Report Card, and Podcast Picks

8/1/2019
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Kevin Kinnally discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis. At the top of the list is school funding—particularly an update on the Kirwan Commission's Funding Formula Workgroup, the thirteen-member panel charged with working through what is perhaps the most challenging portion of The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future — the development of a plan to finance, realign, and apportion the costs of these ambitious, but...

Duration:00:45:58

By the Numbers: #MACoCon

7/23/2019
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Kevin Kinnally are joined by special guest Virginia White, MACo's Member Services Director, for a behind-the-scenes look at MACo's annual Summer Conference. Nearly 3,000 individuals from across Maryland will gather in Ocean City, MD on August 14-17 to discuss advancements and changes being seen at all levels of government, from cybersecurity to Phase III WIP to school funding and everything in between. This week’s...

Duration:00:43:00

Preemption Tension

7/18/2019
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Kevin Kinnally are joined by special guest Les Knapp, MACo's legal and policy counsel, to discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis. This week we focus on two recent preemption decisions with major implications for county governments. First, in a victory for county governments, the Maryland Court of Appeals denied a petition to hear an appeal of a lower court decision finding that local governments are not...

Duration:00:42:14

Happy New (Fiscal) Year and What Counts as a Meeting? You Might Be Surprised...

7/11/2019
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Kevin Kinnally are joined by special guest Robin Eilenberg, MACo's research director, to discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis. At the top of the list is the 2019 MACo Budgets-in Brief survey. July marks the start of the fiscal year for Maryland’s county governments, when new budgets go into effect. We discuss the latest county-by-county budget details, including taxes, salaries, and education funding. And...

Duration:00:41:42

Supremes Speak, Fiscal Follow-Up, and More!

6/28/2019
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Kevin Kinnally discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that partisan-gerrymandering challenges to electoral maps are political questions and thus beyond the reach of the federal courts — dismissing challenges by voters in Maryland and North Carolina, an update on the budget impasse between Governor Larry Hogan and the General Assembly, and a recap of MACo's...

Duration:00:37:06

Budget Battle, SALT Smackdown, and More!

6/20/2019
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Kevin Kinnally discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including the ongoing budget impasse between Governor Larry Hogan and the General Assembly, new guidance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that squashes attempts by some states to circumvent the federal cap on the deductibility of state and local taxes (SALT), remembering former Maryland House Speaker Roy Clayton Mitchell Jr., and what we're...

Duration:00:46:51

Electric Vehicle Shock (On Revenues), School Funding Formulas, and More!

6/13/2019
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Kevin Kinnally discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including how the rising popularity of alternative fuel vehicles is challenging the general philosophy of transportation funding, a look at the newly appointed Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Funding Formula Workgroup, and a breakdown of the latest article from a special Conduit Street blog series on Maryland's school funding formulas: School Funding,...

Duration:00:54:07

270 Traffic, 51 States, and 1,500 Lawsuits

6/6/2019
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Kevin Kinnally discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including the Board of Public Works' approval of Governor Hogan's controversial plan to use private companies to widen highways in the region... with a catch, how the renewed push for D.C. statehood could have major consequences for the Old Line State, and Natasha Mehu is back to discuss how major developments in the State of Oklahoma could set a...

Duration:00:48:13

Sediment, Cyber, Schools, and More!

5/30/2019
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Kevin Kinnally discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including a new report from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation criticizing state efforts on bay cleanup – with its sharpest barbs for Pennsylvania, new cost estimates for Baltimore City to recover from a devastating ransomware attack, the growing cybersecurity threat, and a breakdown of the latest article from a special Conduit Street blog series on...

Duration:00:44:42

Signing off, Cleaning up, and Checking on Tech

5/24/2019
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Kevin Kinnally discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including the significance of Governor Larry Hogan's decision to cancel the final bill signing ceremony of 2019, the status of the Clean Energy Jobs Act... an issue being reframed by Governor Hogan's expression of support for expanding the mandate to 100% clean energy by 2040, and explain why new technology (particularly ride-sharing applications and...

Duration:00:57:52

Eye on Annapolis... and Beyond

5/16/2019
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Kevin Kinnally sit down with the founder of the Eye on Annapolis and co-host of The Maryland Crabs podcast, John Frenaye. Listen in for the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including state and local politics, budgets, and a look ahead to the 2020 and 2022 elections.

Duration:00:45:16

Key Court Cases, City Shuffle, Maryland Shines in South

5/9/2019
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson, Kevin Kinnally, and Les Knapp discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including two Maryland court decisions with major implications for local governments, big changes in Baltimore City leadership, and a look at why, when it comes to the state of state and local politics, Maryland has a leg up on our friends down South.

Duration:00:42:41

Madame Speaker, Mister Mayor

5/3/2019
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Kevin Kinnally discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including the historic election of Delegate Adrienne Jones as the 107th Speaker of the House, the looming uncertainty surrounding the implementation of the [Kirwan] Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, and big changes in Baltimore City leadership.

Duration:00:37:04

Complete Count Conversation

4/25/2019
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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 the latest in the three-way race for Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates. Also this week, tricky policy issues for county human resources offices and a look at the 2020 Decennial Census. An accurate census count, or lack thereof, has a lasting effect on counties, particularly when it comes to the distribution of federal...

Duration:00:41:35

After-Session Afterthoughts

4/17/2019
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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 the three-way race for Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, the latest on the potential for a special legislative session in the coming weeks, and a rundown of legislation that could be subject to a gubernatorial veto.

Duration:00:46:09

Session-End Summary, Toasting the "Coach"

4/12/2019
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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 the tragic death of Michael E. Busch, the longest-serving House speaker in the history of Maryland and 40-year-veteran of the Parks and Recreation Department in Anne Arundel County, recap a number of issues that came down to the wire as the General Assembly adjourned Sine Die, rundown major issues of the 2019 session, and...

Duration:00:52:24

Pre-K-Through-12, Prescription Drugs, Preakness, and More!

4/5/2019
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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 an update on "The Education Blueprint for Maryland's Future," new developments on prescription drug affordability, the status of legislation concerning the future of Pimlico Race Course, and a preview of what's to come before the General Assembly adjourns sine die.

Duration:00:45:22

"Spring Cleaning" Policy Roundup

3/29/2019
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Kevin Kinnally discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including an update on the budget, a strange twist on the End-of-Life Option Act, vetoes, veto overrides, redistricting, new rules for ticket resellers, and a proposal to change the definition of milk.

Duration:00:42:04

Major Issues Mashup

3/21/2019
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Kevin Kinnally discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including the status of the "Fight for Fifteen" minimum wage bill, the Clean Energy Jobs Act, a proposal to abolish the Handgun Permit Review Board, school funding, school construction, and intriguing language in the Senate's version of the 2019 Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act "BRFA."

Duration:00:37:25