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A podcast on Maryland policy and politics. Stay in the know about how the General Assembly, Governor, state agencies, and county leaders affect the essential services that Marylanders depend on each and every day. Tune in for deep dives into state and county issues, special guests from around the state, and our world-famous dad jokes. We’ve got you covered on the Maryland Association of Counties’ Conduit Street Podcast.

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A podcast on Maryland policy and politics. Stay in the know about how the General Assembly, Governor, state agencies, and county leaders affect the essential services that Marylanders depend on each and every day. Tune in for deep dives into state and county issues, special guests from around the state, and our world-famous dad jokes. We’ve got you covered on the Maryland Association of Counties’ Conduit Street Podcast.

    Yes to Public Information, and Yes to Privacy Protections

    Yes to Public Information, and Yes to Privacy Protections

    On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Hilary Ruley joins Kevin Kinnally and  Michael Sanderson to explain why new and evolving technologies like body-worn cameras present unique challenges under Maryland's Public Information Act and the need for more balanced rules for releasing body-worn camera footage --  one that preserves transparency and accountability while protecting victims, families, and witnesses.

    Hilary Ruley is the chief solicitor at the Baltimore City Law Department.

    2023 MACo Legislative Initiative: Centralized Resources for Body-Worn Cameras

    State law will soon require body-worn cameras for all law enforcement officers, but advancing this goal remains elusive. Requiring each agency, no matter how small, to create its regime for equipment procurement, footage storage, and redaction policies invites widespread duplication of effort. Moreover, requiring state laws regarding wide-open public access to the footage presents an ominous burden on custodians to carefully redact material to protect victims, families, and witnesses.

    MACo advocates for a smoother deployment of this critical technology, including an opt-in State/local partnership for the equipment and services and more balanced rules for releasing body-worn camera footage.
    The Conduit Street Podcast is available on major platforms like Spotify, Apple, Google, and more. Episodes are also available on MACo's Conduit Street blog.

    Listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website.
    Previous Conduit Street Coverage

    MACo Announces 2023 Legislative Initiatives

    Podcast: Back to Basics: MACo's Top Issues

    • 59 min
    Elections and Reflections

    Elections and Reflections

    On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally, Michael Sanderson, and Victoria Maas discuss early returns from this week's election, including state and local races, statewide ballot measures, and new term limits in Anne Arundel County and Baltimore City.
    The Conduit Street Podcast is available on major platforms like Spotify, Apple, Google, and more. Episodes are also available on MACo's  Conduit Street blog.

    Listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website.
    Previous Conduit Street Coverage
    2022 County General Election Results – MACo Summary

    Statewide Ballot Questions Pass Comfortably

    Voters Approve New Term Limits for Anne Arundel Council, Baltimore City Elected Officials

    • 47 min
    Launching Public Safety Comms w/FirstNet

    Launching Public Safety Comms w/FirstNet

    On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Lori Stone joins Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson to discuss  FirstNet -- the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. This reliable, highly secure, interoperable, and innovative public safety communications platform brings 21st-century tools and technology to first responders and the extended public safety community.
    Lori Stone is a Senior Public Safety Advisor (DC, MD, NC, VA, WV) at the First Responder Network Authority, an independent agency within the US Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) that oversees FirstNet.
    FirstNet is a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership between the federal government and AT&T. FirstNet offers public safety a communications network built to their operational and technical needs that helps them save lives and protect our communities.
    Since being founded in 2012, the FirstNet Authority has collaborated with local, state, federal, and tribal public safety in every state and US territory to understand and incorporate their unique communication needs into the plans for FirstNet. Learn more about the FirstNet Authority's history.
    The Conduit Street Podcast is available on major platforms like Spotify, Apple, Google, and more. Episodes are also available on MACo's  Conduit Street blog.
    Listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website.
    Useful Links
    FirstNet Built with AT&T
    First Responder Network Authority
    Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Putting FirstNet to the Test for Remote 9-1-1 Operations at #MACoCon
    Previous Conduit Street Coverage: 9-1-1 To Go – Live Demo and Discussion at #MACoCon

    • 33 min
    Back to Basics: MACo’s Top Issues

    Back to Basics: MACo’s Top Issues

    On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson walk through MACo's Legislative Initiatives for the 2023 Maryland General Assembly Session.

    Counties will prioritize transparency, local decision-making, public safety, and schools in the 2023 session. MACo's Legislative Committee will take positions on hundreds of bills, but these four issues serve as the Association's priorities for the year.

    The Conduit Street Podcast is available on major platforms like Spotify, Apple, Google, and more. Episodes are also available on MACo's Conduit Street blog.

    Listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website.
    Useful Links

    Previous Conduit Street Coverage: MACo Announces 2023 Legislative Initiatives

    • 42 min
    Capital Debt, School Construction, and Bonds? And No, We Don't Mean 007

    Capital Debt, School Construction, and Bonds? And No, We Don't Mean 007

    On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally, Brianna January, and Michael Sanderson discuss the significance of the Capital Debt Affordability Committee (CDAC), preview its upcoming meetings, and explain why the CDAC recommendations are often a forerunner for Maryland's short- and long-term fiscal picture.
    CDAC, chaired by State Treasurer Derick Davis, will meet on October 11, 14, and 19, 2022, to discuss the State's fiscal health and consider the limit on new state capital debt for the next fiscal year.

    The Conduit Street Podcast is available on major platforms like Spotify, Apple, Google, and more. Episodes are also available on MACo's Conduit Street blog.

    Listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website.
    Useful Links
    Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Capital Debt Affordability Committee Sets Agenda for First Meeting Amid Quirky Year
    Conduit Street Podcast: Crystal Ball on the State's Budget Surplus and Process

    • 38 min
    Why Nobody Loves the Property Tax

    Why Nobody Loves the Property Tax

    On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson discuss property taxes, and why people tend to despise the property tax more than any other tax.

    The property tax is the largest source of local revenue for Maryland's county governments. Counties depend on property tax revenue to fund public health, schools, public safety, roadway maintenance, and other essential public services upon which all county residents depend.

    Yet, people hate the property tax more than other taxes. Why? Maybe it's because the property tax is the only tax left on the books for which people must write a big check.

    Income taxes and Social Security contributions are withheld from paychecks before the recipients get their hands on the money. Merchants and other businesses remit sales taxes. The property tax is the only tax that a regular person gets a bill and has to pay it.

    Is the property tax a tax on consumption (your house's cost)? If so, the tax is regressive, because housing costs take a bigger bite out of low-income household budgets. Or is the property tax a tax on capital (your return to owning a house)? If so, the tax would be progressive on average (because capital owners tend to be wealthier).

    The Conduit Street Podcast is available on major platforms like Spotify, Apple, Google, and more. Episodes are also available on MACo's Conduit Street blog.

    Listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website.

    • 35 min

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