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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.

    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
    Crystal Ball on the State’s Budget Surplus and Process

    Crystal Ball on the State’s Budget Surplus and Process

    On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson break down the driving factors behind another multi-billion unanticipated budget surplus for the State of Maryland and what it could mean for the next legislative session.
    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.
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    Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Fed Raises Interest Rates Another 75 Basis Points, Predicts Future Hikes to Tame Inflation
    Previous Conduit Street Coverage: State Closes with $2B Surplus, School Construction to Get Boost
    Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Statewide Ballot Questions Pass Comfortably

    • 42 min
    Assessing Agritourism and Agritainment

    Assessing Agritourism and Agritainment

    On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson discuss Maryland's agritourism property tax structure.
    Maryland was the first state to formally adopt a policy providing lower assessments on land actively devoted to farming or woodland uses. It is called the "agricultural use assessment" and applies to farmland or woodland that meets the criteria outlined in State law.
    Many counties are interested in promoting agricultural tourism to support the agricultural industry. Agritourism can be a means of keeping farms profitable during times of low production, and it offers opportunities to highlight Maryland counties' unique agrarian assets. However, defining these activities for tax purposes is tricky.
    The Conduit Street Podcast is available on major platforms like Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and more. Episodes are also available on MACo's Conduit Street blog.

    Listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website.
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    Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Ag Assessment Bill Moving With MACo Amendments

    • 35 min
    Oversight, Opioids, and … Henry VI?

    Oversight, Opioids, and … Henry VI?

    On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, D'Paul Nibber joins Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson to discuss new developments and guidance for implementing the Police Accountability Act. Plus, learn why a new wrinkle in the historic settlement between the State of Maryland and opioid manufacturers/distributors is delaying needed resources for local governments to save even more Marylanders from the terrible problems of opioid abuse.
    Update: Post recording, two consent judgments were filed in Maryland's Circuit Court for Frederick County, allowing settlement funds from Johnson and Johnson and several major opioid medication distributors to flow to the State and local governments.
    The Conduit Street Podcast is available on major platforms like Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, 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: Final Hurdle Cleared in Opioid Settlements' Disbursement
    Previous Conduit Street Coverage: DLS Analyzes Police Oversight Regs
    Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Counties Sign On to Historic $400 Million Opioid Settlements

    • 36 min
    Live From #MACoCon: SAS Talks Tech Tools for Tomorrow's Counties

    Live From #MACoCon: SAS Talks Tech Tools for Tomorrow's Counties

    Counties can’t rely on yesterday’s approaches to solve tomorrow’s problems. The core mission of local government is to serve residents, ensuring the safety and well-being of all people. Innovation is necessary to accomplish this today. With advanced analytics, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, counties can put data to work, improving outcomes for residents.
    At the MACo Summer Conference Podcast Spotlight session, SAS Global Government Strategic Advisor Jennifer Robinson joined Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson for a live recording of the Conduit Street Podcast. Learn how SAS supports counties in achieving better customer service, increasing constituent engagement, enhancing public safety and community trust, fostering economic growth, and more.
    Thanks to SAS for sponsoring this session!
    Learn more about SASFollow SAS on TwitterFollow Jennifer Robinson on TwitterLearn more about MACo’s Summer Conference:
    Full Program#MACoCon Twitter CoverageConduit Street Blog Coverage

    • 33 min
    Digging Into Tax Caps in Maryland

    Digging Into Tax Caps in Maryland

    On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson dive into how property tax caps work in Maryland. While proponents argue that tax caps encourage economic growth and opportunity, opponents worry that capping revenues depletes limited local resources. And nuances in Maryland law add complexity to the issue.
    The Conduit Street Podcast is available on major platforms like Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and more. Episodes are also available on MACo’s Conduit Street blog.
    Listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

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Essential listening

State governments are essential to American Democracy. As a Maryland resident, hearing what is going on in my home state especially during the pandemic is important. 🙏

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The best podcast in Annapolis!

Extremely informative.

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Tis the Season for Conduit Street

Just when I was growing weary of dry in-the-weeds podcasts discussing micro and macro mechanics of a certain sub-population of society, “Conduit Street” was

BORN UNTO ME A PODCAST WAS BORN.
Unto me,
a podcast was given.
UNTO ME
A PODCAST WAS GIVEN
And the government shall be upon its shoulders
And the government shall be upon its shoulders
AND ITS NAME SHALL BE CALLED
CONDUIT STREE-EE-EET!
CONDUIT STREE-EE-EET!
The MACO POD!
The ever-podcasting state gov’t podcast
Of the Ole Line State.

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