2018 Session Update
Allocation of this year’s revenue: Governor Hogan’s proposed budget includes full cash funding for all the programs funded by the transfer tax. If included in the final budget adopted by the legislature this represents the first time the programs have been fully funded for many years. We hope the legislature adopts the full funding in the final adopted budget.
Repayment of prior diversions – Chapter 10 of 2016 (the legislation we all worked so hard to pass) mandated the repayment of previously diverted funds. Portions of those repayments were postponed last year. If the plan were being met this year’s budget would include $46.4 million in repayments. However, the proposed budget only includes $8.5 in repayments – $2.5 million for the Next Generation Farmers program and $6 million for critical park maintenance and development. This represents a reduction of $37.9 million from the promised repayment.
Keep the PROMISE! Tell your legislators that it’s important to support the full funding of this year’s transfer tax allocation AND fund the promised repayment.
Governor Hogan’s Budget includes:
State side POS – $50.4 million to fund Maryland’s state parks and important ecological area.
Local side POS – $52.3 million to support local parks and playgrounds
Rural Legacy – $25 million to preservation areas rich in multiple resources
MALPF – $51.3 million to preservation farmland, with an emphasis on prime soils
Maryland Heritage Areas – $6 million to support the areas that tell the story of our heritage.
Baltimore City – $5.5 million for parks and playgrounds in Baltimore
Next Generation Farmer Program – $2.5 million to help new farmers afford the land they need to begin a successful operation.
Please let your legislators know that these programs are important to you and your organization. Join us in preserving Maryland’s beauty!
Your Partnership is essential to our success. While we can talk details with key legislators, we rely on you, our network of organizations who care about protecting land with Program Open Space, to go to your members and ask them to support full funding and paybacks in the 2018 legislative session. That is how we get it done!