Baltimore City and County To Receive Portion of Monsanto Settlement

Baltimore City and Baltimore County are set to get a portion of the $537 million class action settlement with Monsanto for PCB Contamination. Baltimore City and Baltimore County are set to receive a portion of the $537.5 million settlement reached with chemical maker Monsanto and two associated companies as the result of a nationwide class action lawsuit over PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls) contamination in municipal water systems. PCBs are industrial chemicals that were used in electrical…

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Where Do Rurals Fit into All of This? Find Out at #MACOCon

On Thursday afternoon of MACo’s Winter Conference, be sure to attend our panel on rural counties and Maryland's larger political landscape.  Rural counties play a unique both within MACo and within Maryland at large. While most of the population is centered around eight central jurisdictions, sixteen outlining counties account for a large portion of the state's landmass and represent several of the state's key industries. The positioning of Maryland's rural jurisdictions in the broader political…

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Charles Ranks in CNT’s top 23 of 23′ Travel Destinations

Charles County was included in Conde' Nast Traveler's top 23 travel destinations for 2023. Every year Conde' Nast Traveler (CNT) releases it's top travel destinations. In light of the impacts of the pandemic and changing travel patterns, this year they decided to have a more domestic focus. This years list, "(takes) a magnifying glass to the most exciting places in our backyard; both buzzy up-and-comers, and longstanding favorites with a reason to shine again." Charles County…

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Montgomery Council Passes Landmark Decarbonization Bill

Montgomery County Council unanimously passed Maryland's first comprehensive building decarbonization legislation.  Earlier today, the Montgomery County Council voted unanimously to pass Bill 13-22, Buildings – Comprehensive Building Decarbonization, which will require the County Executive to issue all-electric building standards for new construction by Dec. 31, 2026. The legislation, introduced by Councilmember Hans Riemer and cosponsored by Councilmember Will Jawando, is the first of its kind in Maryland. “This legislation, combined with cleaning up the electricity…

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PA Falling Short on Chesapeake Bay Clean Up Plans

Pennsylvania remains well short of its goals in reducing pollution flowing into the Chesapeake Bay.  For a third time now, the EPA recently announced that Pennsylvania remains well short of meeting its targets to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. This latest shortfall comes despite the $154 million budgeted by the Pennsylvania General Assembly to help reduce pollution. According to State Impact: “We are disappointed that the WIP does not see the amount of progress…

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Check Out the EPA’s Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling Grants

As part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the EPA is awarding $275,000,000 in grants to local governments for Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling.  The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides $275,000,000 through FY 26 for grants authorized under the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act. Projects funded through the grant program will: Implement the building a circular economy for all strategy series. Improve local post-consumer materials management programs, including municipal recycling. Make improvements to local waste management systems.…

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Montgomery Loans Over $280k for Tenant Building Purchase

The Montgomery County Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund recently loaned over $280,000 to the Leeland Tenants Association to purchase their building.  Last week Montgomery County announced financial support for efforts by the Leeland Tenants Association in Takoma Park to purchase their building, helping facilitate homeownership for the longtime tenants. The County committed $281,250 over three years using funds from the recently created Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund (AHOF). Leeland Apartments is a 15-unit, garden-style apartment building located at…

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Leading Local Government – Public Service Management at #MACoCon

On Tuesday afternoon of MACo’s Winter Conference, be sure to attend our panel on leading local governments.   Managing a local government is one of the most awesome and, at times, baffling things someone can do in life. The responsibility is heavy for anyone, but it can be even heavier for those new to the world of government. The campaign trail is full of great ideas, but when the rubber meets the road, elected officials and…

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Public Works: More Than Just Filling Potholes at #MACoCon

On Wednesday afternoon of MACo’s Winter Conference, be sure to attend our panel on public works.   Public Works is a massive policy area. It covers everything from pipes to roads, some buildings, and even airports. Some functions of county government may not draw much attention, but when a road collapses, or the water will not turn on, residents very quickly pay attention. Because of its central importance in how society functions, public works is a…

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MD Climate Change 2022 Report: Mixed Bag for Counties

The Maryland Commission on Climate Change's 2022 Annual Report offers a mixed bag of incentive and preemption recommendations.  Late last week, the Maryland Commission on Climate Change (MCCC) released its 2022 Annual Report outlining a list of 34 state-level policy recommendations to mitigate the impacts and causes of climate change. The multi-year, multi-stakeholder effort has served as a forum for a variety of administrative, policy, and aspirational debates about the proper stewardship role for Maryland amidst…

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