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JOINT LEGISLATIVE WORK GROUP TO STUDY STATE, COUNTY & MUNICIPAL FISCAL RELATIONSHIPS


Appointed by Senate President & House Speaker:
Edward J. Kasemeyer, Co-Chair (410) 841-3653, (301) 858-3653
Adrienne A. Jones, Co-Chair (410) 841-3391, (301) 858-3391

Staff: Erika S. Schissler

c/o Department of Legislative Services
Legislative Services Building, 90 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 946-5510, (301) 970-5510

In July 2009, the Joint Legislative Work Group to Study State, County and Municipal Fiscal Relationships was convened by the Senate President and House Speaker. The Work Group was to recommend ways to secure a more fair, efficient and sustainable financial relationship among the State, county and municipal governments of Maryland.

Among other considerations, the Work Group traced the evolution and current distribution of governmental responsibilities to units of government, including State assumption or delegation of responsibilities. It also was to determine the evolution and current State funding and assistance provided to counties and municipalities. The Work Group compared the major forms of State assistance to local governments with what assistance other states provide their local governments. It analyzed the fiscal capacity, expenditures, and employment in all levels of government, and noted variations among counties and municipalities and across major policies and programs. Certain types of municipalities were compared with special taxing districts to deterimine which best serves residents. Finally, the Work Group considered how spending, tax and revenue limitations affect the system of State, county and municipal finance.

The Work Group last met in December 2010.

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