Governors Balk at Trump’s Unemployment Benefits Order

Executive order to partially extend enhanced unemployment insurance requires states to fund 25% of extra benefits. President Donald Trump on Saturday signed an executive order that extends additional unemployment payments of $400 a week to help cushion the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Congress had approved payments of $600 a week at the outset of the public health crisis, but those benefits expired earlier this month and Congress has been unable to agree on…

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Washington County Announces New Date for Annual Tax Sale

Washington County will hold its annual tax sale on September 1, 2020, at 9:00 am. The tax sale, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be held in-person and outdoors at the Washington County Office Building in downtown Hagerstown. The tax sale is used to collect delinquent real property taxes and other unpaid charges owed to the County, all of which are liens against the real property. It is a public, auction of…

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Hogan Approves Plan to Open Vote Centers for Nov 3 Election

Governor Larry Hogan today approved a State Board of Elections (SBE) plan to designate each of Maryland’s 282 high schools as vote centers — places where any county resident can vote, regardless of their precinct — for the November 3 election. Additionally, 80 early voting centers will be open across the state from October 29 through November 3. As previously reported on Conduit Street, Governor Hogan previously ordered all 1,848 neighborhood precincts to be open and…

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State Board to Governor: Designate All High Schools as Vote Centers On Election Day

The State Board of Elections (SBE) today agreed to ask Governor Larry Hogan to designate each of Maryland's 282 high schools as vote centers — places where any county resident can vote, regardless of their precinct — for the November 3 election. As previously reported on Conduit Street, Governor Hogan has ordered all 1,848 neighborhood precincts to be open and for all voters to be mailed an absentee ballot application (instead of an absentee ballot) for…

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St. Mary’s Now Accepting Legislative Proposals for 2021 General Assembly Session

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County are inviting county residents and organizations to submit legislative proposals for the 2021 session of the Maryland General Assembly. The Commissioners will hold a joint meeting with members of the St. Mary’s County Legislative Delegation on October 6 to consider potential legislation for the 2021 session. Legislative Proposals are due to the Commissioners by August 26. The form to submit a legislative proposal can be found on the St.…

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Baltimore County Launches Interactive Crime Data Dashboard

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today unveiled a new interactive data dashboard, where residents can access detailed information about crime statistics. The dashboard is the County's latest effort to increase transparency and accountability. "Residents deserve to know exactly what's happening in their communities, as this dashboard shines a light on crime activity in Baltimore County," Olszewski said. "We're pleased that the dashboard shows that crime is decreasing in Baltimore County, and that Baltimore County remains…

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Counties Ask Congress for Additional Funding to Administer and Secure Elections

The National Association of Counties' Elections Subcommittee sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee and Congressional leadership urging additional federal funding for counties to strengthen, protect, and secure the nation’s election system ahead of the 2020 election cycle. As previously reported on Conduit Street, Maryland's local election officials yesterday made a final appeal to the State Board of Elections to implement a series of recommendations to address concerns over a shortage…

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Local Officials Make Final Appeal to Avoid “Catastrophic Failure” on Election Day

Local election officials yesterday made a final appeal to the State Board of Elections (SBE) to implement a series of recommendations to address concerns over a shortage of poll workers, polling places, and personal protective equipment in the midst of a pandemic. As previously reported on Conduit Street, under Governor Hogan’s plan, all in-person voting locations will be open and voters will be mailed an absentee ballot application (instead of an absentee ballot). for the November…

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Retooling Your Budget in Times of Crisis

During a live forum, panelists provided updates on state and local budgets and revenue forecasts, along with strategies for how counties can best prepare for future fiscal uncertainties. During the MACo’s Summer Series session “Back to Basics - Retooling Your Budget in Times of Crisis” state and local budget experts discussed the fiscal ramifications of an economy badly battered by the coronavirus pandemic, looked ahead to the next session of the Maryland General Assembly, and…

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Cardin, Van Hollen: Feds Must Boost Support for First Responders on Front Lines of Pandemic

Amid unprecedented revenue shortfalls, first responders need federal funds to continue providing essential services, emergency preparedness. As Congress continues to negotiate the next federal COVID-19 relief package, Maryland U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin yesterday urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to boost funding and provide more flexibility for local firefighter departments through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants and Assistance to Firefighter Grants…

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