The Kirwan Commission on Innovation and Excellence is a multi-year initiative to research and develop major funding and policy reforms to improve the quality of Maryland’s public education system. However, the promised investment carries a huge price tag - $40 billion over the next 10 years (FY2030); equivalent to nearly $4 billion in annual mandated spending. State taxpayers will pick up an estimated $2.8 billion (70%) of the costs. The remaining balance will fall on the locals - Baltimore City and the counties (all 23) are responsible $1.2 billion (30%). But both Senate and House Leadership have publicly assured Marylanders that they will not incur new taxes or tax increases to fund this initiative…for now.