The ABCs of LMBs: Investing in Your State-County Partnership

Local Management Boards are active in all 24 of Maryland's counties and perform a variety of critical roles to support Maryland children and families. Working closely with county government, there is great opportunity to partner and better serve your communities! Established in the 1990s, Local Management Boards (LMBs) are quasi-authorities of local government. LMBs empower local authorities to plan, implement, and monitor service programs for organizations that serve youth and families. Active in each jurisdiction, the boards…

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Nov 16 Board of Public Works Meeting: Here’s What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) — a three-member panel including Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Dereck Davis — reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies, many of which affect county governments. The BPW considered and approved the following requests and recommendations at its meeting on November 16, 2022: Allegany County A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $50,000 grant to the Board of Directors of…

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Frederick Historic Preservation Training Center Serves Nation, Preps Workforce
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Frederick Historic Preservation Training Center Serves Nation, Preps Workforce

Frederick County hosts an impressive Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC) that trains the National Park Service and others in historic trades, which can help fill skills gaps in workforce and prep constituents for in-demand careers. The Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC) located in Frederick County is dedicated to the "safe preservation and maintenance of national parks or partner facilities by demonstrating outstanding leadership, delivering quality preservation services, and developing educational courses that fulfill the competency requirements…

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October Record Casino, Mobile Sports Betting Books Millions for Education

In October, Maryland booked record monthly casino revenue and mobile sports wagering, adding approximately $59 million to the State's education funds. Maryland Lottery and Gaming reported a single-month revenue record of $213 million from the state’s six casinos in October. The total represents an increase of $57,943,124 (37.4 percent) compared to October 2021 and beat the previous single-month record of $181.5 million set in July 2022 by $31.4 million (17.3%). Of the $213 million, the…

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Incoming Moore Administration Announces Leadership Positions

Governor-elect Wes Moore has announced several key leadership positions for his incoming administration, tapping a number of local and state leaders. Governor-elect Wes Moore announced on November 14 a series of new hires for top positions in his incoming administration. Thus far, Moore has sourced his personal network, local leaders, and legislative leaders to serve as his top advisors and confidants. For the lead position of chief of staff, Moore has hired a fellow Baltimore social…

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Board of Public Works: November 16 Meeting Agenda

The Board of Public Works — a three-member panel including Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Dereck Davis — reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies, many of which affect county governments. It typically convenes on alternating Wednesdays in the Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis, and meetings are open to the public. The Board’s next meeting is Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at…

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Colorado Voters Approve Free School Meals for Public School Students

Colorado voters decisively approved a statewide ballot measure to provide free meals for all public school students. Last week, Colorado voters approved a statewide ballot measure to create a program to provide free school meals for all public school students and to help schools pay for the meal program. The measure passed comfortably with 55 percent to 45 percent margin. The now-approved program will provide state funds for the free meals by raising $100 million a year by…

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Counties to AIB: More Details Needed to Inform Blueprint Implementation

MACo, on behalf of Maryland's 24 county governments, sent a letter to the Blueprint Accountability and Implementation Board requesting expanded details on Blueprint implementation expectations and continued collaboration with counties to ensure smooth process. The Blueprint Accountability and Implementation Board (AIB) is tasked with overseeing the implementation of Maryland’s major education policy reform initiative known as the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future. The AIB recently published a draft of a Comprehensive Implementation Plan to guide Blueprint implementation over…

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Western Maryland General Election Round-Up

Western Maryland, composed of Allegany, Garrett, and Washington Counties, sees some changes coming to county leadership in light of early General Election results. Allegany County (three commissioners, elected at-large) Incumbents Creade Brodie and Dave Caporale appear set to win re-election of their at-large commissioner seats. Republican Bill Atkinson is set to replace current Commissioner Jake Shade, who lost his primary for a State Senate seat. Garrett County (three commissioners, elected by district) Garrett District 3 Commissioner and…

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Hough Leads in Frederick County Executive Race, But More Ballots to be Counted

Sitting State Senator Michael Hough is leading for the top position in Frederick County, but with ballots yet to be counted. Michael Joseph Hough leads in the Frederick County Executive race with 55.36 percent of the vote against Democrat Jessica Fitzwater, who has received 44.50 percent of the vote. As with most jurisdictions, there are ballots that have not yet been received, or fully processed, so the race remains unclear. Friday November 19 update: Hough…

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