Community Legacy Program: What’s Getting Cut?

The Community Legacy Program is slated for a $1 million reduction at this Wednesday's Board of Public Works (BPW) meeting, as part of Governor Hogan's proposal to cut $83.3 million from the FY 2017 state budget.  According to the Department of Budget and Management's November 2, 2016 BPW Reductions Detailed: Reduction of $1 million in FY 17 funds for Community Legacy will reduce grant investments in areas outside of Baltimore City. Community Legacy is a program operated through…

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Term Limits, Govt Structure Among Significant County Ballot Issues

This election, voters will be faced with a number of significant local ballot questions. St. Mary's County will consider a change to Code Home Rule, and Prince George's County will consider an expanded County Council structure. Meanwhile, voters will consider term limits for County Council members in Montgomery, and for school board members in Carroll. A few of the more noteworthy are highlighted below. Anne Arundel County Question A asks voters if they favor removing…

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October Local Income Tax Distributions Up 25%

The Comptroller's Office has released details on the October distribution of the local income tax to counties, with this year's distributions 25 percent higher than they were last year at this time. The October distribution is composed of two parts related to revenues received in the second half of fiscal year 2016: the local share of delinquent tax receipts from tax year 2014 and before, and the local share of fiduciary payments. Delinquent tax distributions increased…

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Collaborating to Combat Homelessness

Collaboration between state agencies, local governments, and homeless service providers is crucial for developing strategies to combat homelessness in Maryland. A recent article from Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) features a joint effort to end homelessness in Los Angeles, California. Since last winter, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, the LA Public Library system, and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (or LAHSA), have been collaborating on a new approach for providing services to people…

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Anne Arundel Council Considers Playground Pesticide Ban

A Capital Gazette article (2016-10-29) reported that the Anne Arundel County Council is considering a bill that would prohibit the spraying of pesticides and herbicides on playgrounds. From the article: Bill 76-16 instead would require alternative methods for killing weeds and pests on playgrounds, such as weeding by hand. "I'd rather tolerate a couple weeds on a playground than have to deal with toxic pesticides there," [Councilman and bill sponsor Chris] Trumbauer said. The bill contains…

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City Council Considers Lobbying & Procurement Transparency Bill

A Baltimore Sun article (2016-10-29) reported that the Baltimore City Council is considering legislation to require the City's finance department and ethics board to post searchable lists of all entities that have done business with the City during the last calendar year and all registered lobbyists. According to the article, the lists already exist but residents must request them. From the article: "These are things I feel the public should have access to," [bill sponsor and…

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Correct Care Solutions Treats You to Lunch at #MACoCon

MACo would like to thank Correct Care Solutions for sponsoring Thursday's lunch and a full page ad at MACo's Winter Conference, December 7-9, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland. Correct Care Solutions (CCS) was founded in August 2003 to meet a growing need for a correctional health care provider with an innovative approach. Today, CCS is a privately owned Limited Liability Company (LLC) in their eleventh year of operation. Their…

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Sowing the Seeds for Strong Communities

Strong families are a bedrock for strong communities. A comprehensive, holistic, and collaborative approach to supporting children and families can yield overwhelming results for the long term well-being of counties and their communities. For example, through innovative programming Baltimore City has reduced its infant mortality rate to record lows and Garrett County has pioneered a plan to help families break free of economic dependence and reach economic security. At the MACo Winter Conference Session "Sowing the Seeds…

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Maryland Board of Public Works – November 2, 2016 Agenda & Summary

Maryland’s Board of Public Works reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have effect on county governments. It meets on alternating Wednesdays and the meetings are open to the public.  The meeting will be held in Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis. The Board’s next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 10 a.m. Material for the upcoming meeting is…

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Healthy Employees, Happier Other Employees, Healthy Counties

That hacking cough coming from the next cubicle over could reduce the productivity of everyone in earshot, reports NPR's Morning Edition. Sounds - particularly human-made sounds - rank as the top distraction in the workplace. According to workplace design expert Alan Hedge at Cornell, 74 percent of workers say they face "many" instances of disturbances and distractions from noise. "In general, if it's coming from another person, it's much more disturbing than when it's coming from…

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