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Conduit Street Podcast

Maryland Association of Counties

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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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From the Streets to the Statehouse

Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle

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During the Maryland General Assembly, we offer insight an analysis on the issues impacting the Black community in Baltimore. Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS) is a grassroots thinktank in Baltimore, MD that advocates for the political interests of the Black community. We cut through the noise and give you the information that matters the most.
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, join Sarah Sample and Dominic Butchko from the MACo Policy Team as they take listeners on a 'rapid round ride' through MACo's major portfolio of issues from the just-wrapped 2024 legislative session. From affordable housing to public safety, firefighters, and health, they'll highlight MACo's big …
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson is joined by Shantelle Malcolm-Lym from the MACo team. They discuss the ongoing policy debates in Annapolis, particularly focusing on transportation funding cuts and their effect on local communities. This special episode highlights an audio excerpt from a January 16, 2024, brie…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson talk through the 2024 legislative session wrapping up and top off recent discussions around the still-developing budget, the effects of the Key Bridge tragedy, and several more county government issues that remain "in play" during these always-eventful last we…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson talk through the Senate actions regarding the State's fiscal plan for the year ahead - the budget and accompanying reconciliation bill. Cuts to Highway User Revenues (but not the deepest cuts on the table), some restored funding for our community colleges, and…
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In this episode, we'll be discussing the status of our legislative agenda during the 2024 MD General Assembly. Support the show "From the Streets to the Statehouse" is a podcast owned, produced and sponsored by Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS) - a grassroots think tank in Baltimore, Maryland. LBS is a Black-owned, for-profit, independent organ…
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We'll be giving an update on the status of the juvenile justice bill being sponsored by Democratic Party leadership. Support the show "From the Streets to the Statehouse" is a podcast owned, produced and sponsored by Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS) - a grassroots think tank in Baltimore, Maryland. LBS is a Black-owned, for-profit, independent…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Shantelle Malcolm-Lym welcome guest Cathy Muse from the National Association of Counties Edge program. She talks through the various cost-saving tools available to all Maryland counties through NACo's partnerships that can help develop attractive employee benefits, manage pu…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson discuss formula funding -- which aims to provide predictable and stable funding. But what happens when your funding formula… fails -- or at least delivers far less than expected? This episode covers funding formulas for two programs important to county governm…
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Maryland’s State Legislative leadership recently announced their package of juvenile justice proposals for the 2024 Maryland General Assembly. In this episode, we’ll be discussing its shortcomings and major issues as it relates to juvenile justice. We’ll also be discussing Baltimore’s corporate media impact on juvenile justice reform. Support the s…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson talks with Ben Yelin of the Center for Health and Homeland Security about the rapid growth of artificial intelligence technology. They discuss these capabilities' exciting opportunities and potential downsides – and their connections to public services and privacy. Public policy…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Frederick County Executive Jessica Fitzwater joins Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson to discuss fast-growing Frederick - both as a challenge and an opportunity. Attracting major technology companies presents unique challenges, but the upside is good jobs and local leverage into a vast commerci…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson walk through the recently introduced 2025 fiscal plan, starting the weeks-long deliberation on the State budget and the trimmings to balance it. They discuss the long-term cuts to transportation, offset by a temporary reprieve for this year, and the "re-basing…
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The 2024 Maryland General Assembly is well underway. In this episode, Dayvon Love – Director of Public Policy for LBS – will be overviewing our top legislative priorities including: cannabis decriminalization, juvenile interrogations, reparations and protecting criminal justice reform. Support the show "From the Streets to the Statehouse" is a podc…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Brianna January talk through the 2024 legislative session opening, the crazy Maryland weather sideshow, and what to expect heading into “year two” of the four-year cycle. They discuss several issues for the session ahead – like tackling child care and pre-kindergarten educat…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Queen Anne's County Administrator Todd Mohn joins Michael Sanderson to discuss transportation financing and reflect on the proposed cutbacks to state projects and grant funding. Mr. Mohn is a member of the State's blue-ribbon Transportation Commission, reflecting his extensive experience as a cou…
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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. As temperatures drop, things are heating up before the 2024 legislative session. Topics include education spending transparency, career and volunteer firefighter recruitment and retention, energy issues, housin…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Andrew Griffin, vice president of government affairs at the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, joins Kevin Kinnally to discuss the intersection of business and government and discuss major issues on tap for the 2024 legislative session. Topics include tax policy, transportation, housing, regulations, …
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Brianna January and Dominic Butchko join Kevin Kinnally to walk through MACo's Legislative Initiatives for the 2024 Maryland General Assembly Session. In the 2024 General Assembly Session, MACo will prioritize fiscal transparency, modernizing local revenue structures, new incentives to bolster fi…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson welcomes Kevin Leonard from the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners. They discuss state politics, tricky budgeting, and the NC investments into broadband and water infrastructure. The Conduit Street Podcast is available on major platforms like Spotify, Apple, Goog…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson break down the driving factors behind Maryland's current fiscal picture, economic trends, and what it could mean for the next legislative session and beyond. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Board of Revenue Estimates adopted a revised estimate fo…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Calvert County Health Officer Dr. Larry Polsky joins Sarah Sample to discuss what local health departments are doing to prevent COVID-19 and other flu and flu-like infections this year. The 2023-2024 fall and winter seasons will be the first since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic that the c…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Walter Olson joins Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson to reflect on the role of state and local governments in keeping residents safe during emergencies -- particularly when it comes to ensuring residents can cast a ballot during a public health crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic. Olson provides…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Sarah Sample and Michael Sanderson discuss the pros and cons of the "user pays" principle -- which aims to promote fairness and economic efficiency by having those who benefit from particular government goods and services pay for them. The Conduit Street Podcast is available on major platforms li…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Moyah Panda and Ethan Hunt join Sarah Sample to discuss the role of police accountability boards and administrative charging committees in working with county governments and law enforcement agencies to improve policing and police accountability across Maryland. In keeping with the legislative ma…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Dominic Butchko discuss transportation funding and the significance of the Maryland Commission on Transportation Revenue and Infrastructure Needs, which is charged with recommending improvements to existing transportation revenues, investment decisions, and more. For decades…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally welcomes Ben Yelin to discuss cybersecurity issues, explore the opportunities and challenges related to rapidly evolving artificial intelligence (AI) technology, and more! Artificial Intelligence (AI) is poised to transform the world and how we live, work, and communicate. For coun…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Brianna January walk through the annual decision meeting of Maryland’s Accountability and Implementation Board as they offer new guidance, direction, and measurables for the ambitious Blueprint for Maryland. The state is refining its framework for pre-kindergarten providers …
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Sarah Sample welcome back Director Brandon Foster from the Charles County Detention Center for a follow-up discussion on policy issues affecting local corrections – a central public service Maryland counties deliver for their communities. The scope of local corrections – gen…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Tom Coale joins Michael Sanderson and Dominic Butchko to discuss all things housing, including concerns over affordability, access, and more. Topics include infrastructure, better collaboration on new policies and ideas, streamlining processes and procedures, and empowering local governments to d…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Brianna January joins Kevin Kinnally to explain why child care across the country could soon become more expensive and more difficult to find -- and why some advocates are concerned that Maryland's pre-k expansion plan could unintentionally add fuel to the fire. In 2021, Congress passed the Ameri…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman joins Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson to discuss the County's multi-faceted plan to address two vexing issues: affordable housing and school capacity. The Conduit Street Podcast is available on major platforms like Spotify, Apple, Google, and any…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Sarah Sample answer the most pressing questions about the rollout of adult-use cannabis in Maryland and walk through local public safety and public health initiatives to educate and keep residents safe. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the purchase and possession of ad…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Dominic Butchko explain why tumult in the commercial real estate market has major implications not just for building owners and banks but also for local governments that rely on property tax revenue and the economic vibrancy that office workers generate. Post-pandemic, kids are…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson break down the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including new leadership at the State Board of Elections, growing pressures on county budgets, significant interim workgroups getting underway, and a look ahead to the annual MACo Summer Conference. The Cond…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Dominic Butchko discuss barriers to the widespread adoption of election vehicles. The need to address the global climate crisis has rallied policymakers to adopt aggressive measures to encourage manufacturers and consumers to embrace electric vehicle (EV) technology. But, many …
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson break down the latest on the high-stakes negotiations to avoid an unprecedented default on the nation's debt and explain why Maryland is especially vulnerable to federal budget cuts or austerity measures. New analyses by the Congressional Budget Office and the…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Charles County Detention Center Director Brandon Foster joins Sarah Sample and Kevin Kinnally to discuss the progress and ongoing challenges to serve the growing needs of inmates in county jails, tackling persistent issues with recruitment and retention, and innovations to foster meaningful rehab…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Dr. Mileah Kromer joins Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson to break down the results from the latest Goucher College Poll. Maryland residents shared their opinions on Governor Wes Moore, President Joe Biden, the Maryland General Assembly, the state's direction and economic conditions, current a…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Brianna January and Michael Sanderson discuss school funding, one of the more nuanced and complicated policy responsibilities of the State, counties, and policymakers. The 2023 legislative session challenged some of the long-established educational funding protocols, which is concerning for count…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Dominic Butchko joins Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson to discuss the evolution of public safety and front-line services in Maryland. Hear about county priorities to bolster 9-1-1, career and volunteer fire services, emergency medical services, and law enforcement by ensuring first responders…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Brianna January, Dominic Butchko, and Sarah Sample recap the 2023 legislative session, including the fate of MACo's Legislative Initiatives, MACo's advocacy on dozens of bills with a significant impact on county governments, and several high-profile policy issues contemplated by the General Assem…
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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 a post-crossover look at how counties are faring in the State budget, the mounting fiscal pressures to implement the Blueprint for Maryland's Future, and promising new research on the efficacy of... d…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Sarah Sample talk about the fast pace of the legislative session as we approach the "crossover" date and then dig into several public safety and health issues. MACo's efforts to improve laws around body-worn officers are progressing but still face hurdles ahead. They also di…
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We will discuss the status of crucial pieces of legislation. This includes criminal justice elements to cannabis legalization and other relevant issues being debated during the 2023 MD General Assembly. Support the show "From the Streets to the Statehouse" is a podcast owned, produced and sponsored by Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS) - a grass…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Brianna January joins Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson to discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including an analysis of Supplemental Budget #1 and the latest on several bills that would have a significant impact on state and local funding for Maryland's public schools. The Condui…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson hosts Association of Minnesota Counties Executive Director Julie Ring. Michael and Julie discuss the two states' similarities and differences, the role of local governments before state policymakers, and central policy debates, including housing policy, opioid abuse, and legaliz…
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In this episode, we'll talk about Maryland cannabis legalization with a focus on the criminal justice and the business aspects of it. We will also give brief updates about other legislative efforts we are supporting and working on during MDGA 2023. Michele Hall from the MD Office of the Public Defender gives a presentation on the issues surrounding…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson hosts Maryland Municipal League CEO Theresa Kuhns to discuss the two organizations' collaboration on local government issues and advocacy and to dive into the many policy considerations (local government issues and otherwise) around implementing adult-use cannabis in Maryland. T…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Sarah Sample joins Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson to discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including a closer look at Governor Moore's budget and spending plan, with an eye on things that affect county governments and the services we deliver locally. The Conduit Street Podcast i…
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The 2023 Maryland General Assembly is well underway. In this episode, Dayvon Love - Director of Public Policy for LBS - will be overviewing our top legislative priorities including: cannabis decriminalization, odor searches by law enforcement and police accountability. Support the show "From the Streets to the Statehouse" is a podcast owned, produc…
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