Maryland Board of Public Works – January 27, 2021 Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works (BPW) reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have an effect on county governments. The BPW is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot. 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. Note: In light of the COVID-19 epidemic,…

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Frederick School Budget Seeks $26M Increase, Requesting $6.5M for Academic Recovery

Frederick County School Superintendent Terry Alban on Monday announced her Fiscal Year 2022 recommended budget, which totals more than $701 million. The FY 22 request tops last year's by $26 million. Last year's approved operating budget for Frederick County Public School System totaled $674 million. From the Frederick News-Post: “The FY22 budget was built to move our system forward. It was designed to enable us to recover, reconnect and reinvent. Recovery is the first step…

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St. Mary’s Approves Hotel Relief Fund to Support Establishments Impacted by COVID-19

St. Mary's County today announced the approval of the St. Mary’s County Hotel Relief Fund to provide grants to local hotels and other lodging facilities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Commissioners of St. Mary's County recognize the COVID-19 pandemic has caused economic hardship for many businesses and to provide local relief from this hardship, have activated the Hotel Relief Fund for hotels and bed-and-breakfast establishments. The grant program, processed through the Department of Economic…

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Hogan Announces Appointments to All Three Branches of MD Government

Governor Larry Hogan today announced appointments to all three branches of Maryland government. In total, Governor Hogan is submitting 274 appointments to the Maryland House of Delegates and Senate today. Legislative Appointments Michael Jackson has been a member of the House of Delegates since 2015 and currently serves on the Appropriations Committee. Jackson was the sheriff for Prince George’s County from 2002 to 2010. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from DeVry Institute and…

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Harford to Offer Grants to Hotels Through State Relief Funds

Harford County announced today that hotel owners are eligible to receive grant funding through the state of Maryland to help offset COVID-19-related expenses. Harford County announced applications for the Hotel Relief Grant may be submitted beginning Wednesday, January 13 and will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2021. Hotel owners who have previously received a Harford County COVID-19 Business Relief Grant are still eligible for the Hotel Relief Grant. Grants are only available…

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Howard to Apply for EPA Loan for Safe & Sound Projects

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball today announced that Howard County was selected to apply for a loan from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to finance projects as part of the Ellicott City Safe & Sound plan. Howard County was selected to apply for Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) funding from the EPA to finance the North Tunnel and other flood mitigation projects as part of the Ellicott City Safe & Sound…

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County Leaders Show Support for Stronger Regional Transit System

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, and Howard County Executive Calvin Ball today expressed support for the Transit Safety and Investment Act. Sponsored by Delegate Brooke Lierman (HB 114) and Senator Cory McCray (SB 199), the Transit Safety and Investment Act legislation would provide the MTA with capital and operating funding to address a backlog of state of good repair needs, maintenance, and pressing issues…

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State Reopens Newly Extended Federal Unemployment Programs

Governor Hogan last week announced that the Maryland Department of Labor has started to accept claims and issue payments for federal unemployment insurance programs that were extended under the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act. The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Unemployment Emergency Compensation (PEUC), and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) unemployment insurance programs were recently extended by the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act. From the press release: “Just one week after the federal…

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Anne Arundel Grants $150,000 to Bring Internet Service to Low-Income Students

County Executive Steuart Pittman yesterday announced the County has allocated $150,000 of funding to provide internet service to low-income families and students through Comcast's Internet Essentials Partnership Program (IEPP). The grant, allocated as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, will provide high-speed internet access to low-income families who qualify for Internet Essentials from Comcast. Anne Arundel County will cover the monthly recurring cost of Internet Essentials service charges for…

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Record Enrollment Declines for Community Colleges
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Record Enrollment Declines for Community Colleges

According to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse, enrollment at community colleges has decreased by more than 10% since last year - a decline of nearly 545,000 students. Among all public colleges and universities in the county, enrollment dropped by 3.6%, largely driven by the decline at two-year institutions. The Center for Community College Student Engagement published information on the demographic characteristics of traditionally community college students, which President and CEO of Achieving the…

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