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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

Kirwan Formulas and Finishing Touches

10/17/2019
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson discuss the final meeting of the [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education's Formula Funding Workgroup. With this week’s adoption of the funding plan details for the Blueprint for Maryland program, we break down the eventual county costs – and place them into a context with current law, in addition to current trends. We estimate the new mandated county costs at $1.9 billion in FY...

Duration:00:51:24

First Look at Kirwan Costs, 2020 Census Grants, and More!

10/10/2019
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including the final allocation of $5 million in state grants to local governments and non-profits to promote the 2020 Census, and a first look at the costs of implementing the recommendations of the [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education. The Kirwan Commission's School Funding Formula Workgroup, nearing its end, distributed and...

Duration:00:57:45

School Funding Focus, Tricky Tax Issues, and More!

10/3/2019
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including the emergence of new details from the Kirwan Commission's formula funding workgroup; an update on the multistate appeal of the federal government's $10,000 cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions; a court ruling on the constitutionality of Chicago's "Netflix tax;" and a breakdown of a tax assessment loophole known as the "dark store...

Duration:00:49:38

Goucher Poll, Fiscal Check-Up, and What's Up with Kirwan?

9/26/2019
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including interesting tidbits from the new Goucher Poll; the significance of the latest revenue projections from the Board of Revenue Estimates; and a breakdown of the puzzling sequence of events that led to a closed-door meeting of the Kirwan Commission's funding formula workgroup. MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play...

Duration:00:46:31

2020 Initiatives and More!

9/19/2019
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Natasha Mehu discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including MACo's 2020 Legislative Initiatives; a look at actions being taken at the federal, state, and local level to address the youth vaping epidemic; and the latest twist in the complex litigation filed by thousands of state and local governments against manufacturers, distributors, and others accused of fueling the nation's opioid crisis. MACo has made...

Duration:00:24:44

Leadership, Labor Day, and Lunchboxes

9/12/2019
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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 last week's trip to the National Folk Festival in Wicomico County; big changes to House leadership and committee assignments; the latest on the school calendar debate; and a recap of last week's meeting of the Kirwan Commission's funding workgroup. MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play Music by searching...

Duration:00:38:01

Live at the National Folk Festival

9/8/2019
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Kevin Kinnally are joined by special guests at the National Folk Festival in Wicomico County. The National Folk Festival—one of America’s largest, most prestigious and longest-running celebrations of arts, culture, and heritage—was held for the second consecutive year in the City of Salisbury. Festival organizers expect the event to draw 120,000 attendees and contribute $45 million to the local economy. Special...

Duration:00:54:04

Oklahoma Opioid Opinion, Bay Bridge Buzz, and Kirwan Catch-Up

8/29/2019
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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 highly anticipated ruling in Oklahoma’s landmark opioid lawsuit targeting Johnson & Johnson – and what it means for the thousands of state and local governments with similar claims, new details on possible locations for a second Chesapeake Bay crossing, and a recap of last week's meeting of the Kirwan Commission's Funding...

Duration:00:43:39

Conference Chatter, Snowballing School Debate, and More!

8/21/2019
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Kevin Kinnally recap the 2019 MACo Summer Conference – “Winds of Change," which focused on the changes being seen at every level of government and constituent services and how counties are harnessing that momentum for the good of all Marylanders. By all accounts, this year’s conference was the largest gathering of Maryland government stakeholders the event has sever seen! Education funding - particularly the looming...

Duration:00:58:30

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