MD Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.9%, Added 24,000 Jobs in August

The United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced that Maryland added more than 24,000 jobs in the month of August and the unemployment rate dropped to 6.9%. The drop to 6.9% is more than 18% lower than the national unemployment rate and Maryland has now gained 183,200 jobs during the recovery from COVID-19. Hogan stated that Maryland was "able to keep more than 70% of our economy open during the entire…

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MEMA Introduces #MdListo Text Alert Program in Spanish

Expands #MdReady to Better Reach Hispanic Community Before, During, and After Emergencies The Maryland Emergency Management (MEMA) announced today it has expanded its existing text alert program, #MdReady, in partnership with 211-MD so users can receive text alerts in Spanish. #MdReady allows people to opt-in to receive updates, tips, and alerts about COVID-19 and other threats and hazards affecting or that may affect Maryland. #MdListo is its counterpart in Spanish. “With #MdListo we will be…

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General Assembly Leaders Nix Special Session

Senate President Bill Ferguson and House of Delegates Speaker Adrienne A. Jones announced that they have no plans to hold a special session of the Maryland General Assembly, despite pressure from activists and advocates. At an Annapolis rally organized to push for a special session of the Maryland General Assembly, Speaker Jones and President Ferguson resisted calls for the General Assembly to convene this fall, saying the legislative body needs more time to carefully craft…

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St. Mary’s Approves Department Restructure

The Commissioners of St. Mary's County approved a request by the Department of Public Works & Transportation to reclassify and reorganize the Airport Operations Division into the Transportation Division.  This reclassification will consolidate the St. Mary's County Transit System position vacated by retirement with an existing Airport Management staff position. Allison Swint will assume the newly created Deputy Director - Transportation role. From The BayNet: The new deputy director position will incorporate all the current…

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MSDE Partners with Sephora on Training Program for Individuals with Disabilities

The Maryland State Department of Education's Division of Rehabilitative Services (MSDE DORS) announced a new partnership with Sephora and the Community College of Baltimore County to provide career opportunities to individuals with disabilities. Sephora and MSDE DORS will partner with the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) to provide on-site warehouse associate training at its Maryland Distribution Center in an innovative customized training program. From MSDE's press release: “We are excited about our partnership with…

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State Announces $11.8M in State & Federal Highway Safety Grants
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State Announces $11.8M in State & Federal Highway Safety Grants

More than 90 agencies and organizations have been awarded over $11 million in grants to help eliminate fatalities on Maryland roadways. These funds will be distributed by the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration's (MDOT MVA) Highway Safety Office to traffic safety-related organizations and law enforcement agencies.The funds will be used for initiatives including increasing the use of seat belts in all seats; promoting the correct use of child passenger safety seats; increased safety…

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State Announces $300 Weekly Unemployment Boost, New BEACON Website

The Maryland Department of Labor last week announced that the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program -- which offers claimants an additional $300 per week in retroactive federal benefits -- will be launched ahead of schedule. After being initially approved for three weeks of LWA funding, Maryland has now been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for three additional weeks, for a total of six weeks of $300 federal payments. Labor will also launch…

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Maryland Board of Public Works – September 23, 2020 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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Howard Seeks Public Input for Website Revamp

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball yesterday released a public survey for residents and businesses to provide feedback on the Howard County Government website (www.howardcountymd.gov). “Our residents and businesses deserve a fast, user-friendly experience when visiting our website, so they can find critical information and access important services and resources,” said County Executive Ball. “As we undergo a re-design process, we want to first and foremost hear from you. Through this survey, we want to listen…

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Montgomery Launches Enhanced Deaf Culture Digital Library Website

Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library (Maryland DCDL) recently launched a newly enhanced website that will provide a more comprehensive digital content "related to American Sign Language, Deaf culture, Deaf history, Deaf literature, news in American Sign Language, lists of organizations, and more." Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) has hosted, developed, and managed Maryland DCDL since 2015 on behalf of the Maryland State Library. In 2019, MCPL secured a contract with Eyeth Studios in order to…

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