Redistricting Commission to Hold Regional Meeting for Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s Counties

In accordance with Governor Larry Hogan’s executive order, the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission will hold a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, June 23, at 6:00 pm for residents of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the governor’s executive order charges the commission with producing fair maps for both state legislative and congressional districts that comply with a set of criteria, including: Complies with U.S. Constitution and Voting Rights Act…

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June 21: Child Tax Credit Awareness Day

On Monday, June 21, the Biden-Harris Administration is calling on all elected officials to join in promoting Child Tax Credit Awareness Day — a day of action to get the word out far and wide on the new monthly payments of $250 to $300 for each child included in the American Rescue Plan Act to help families make ends meet. For those with children, the American Rescue Plan increased the Child Tax Credit from $2,000…

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New Treasury ARPA FAQ: Broadband Spending

The US Department of the Treasury today released a revised Frequently Asked Questions document that provides clarifications on key questions related to the broadband provisions of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds' Interim Final Rule. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Recovery Fund, authorized under the American Rescue Plan Act, is providing $65.1 billion in direct, flexible aid to every county in America, as well as other crucial investments in local communities. Today’s update…

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Hogan Announces $10 Million in Relief for Live Entertainment Venues

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the recipients of 65 awards totaling $10 million for live music and performance venues and live entertainment promoters affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, 49 live entertainment venues and 14 promoters across 12 counties and Baltimore City will receive grant funding. Venues include Rams Head Live (Baltimore County), Delmarva Shorebirds (Wicomico County), Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (Baltimore City), Cumberland Theatre (Allegany County), Merriweather Post Pavilion (Howard County), Olney Theatre Corporation…

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Historical Trust Awards $600,000 for Preservation Projects

At today’s Board of Public Works meeting, Governor Larry Hogan announced $600,000 in grant awards to assist six historic preservation projects through the Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program. The program provides support to eligible entities for capital preservation projects across the state. Nonprofits, local governments, businesses, and individuals are eligible to receive grants for acquisition, restoration, and in some cases, pre-construction work. The Historical Trust received more than 30 applicants for this fiscal year. "The…

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June 16 Board of Public Works Meeting: What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) -- a three-member panel, which includes Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Nancy Kopp -- reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies -- many of which have an effect on county governments. The BPW considered and approved the following requests and recommendations in its June 16, 2021 meeting. Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all considerations and approvals during the meeting. Anne…

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Frederick Appoints Two New Agency Heads

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner yesterday announced the promotion and appointment of two employees to lead their respective divisions. Erin White will serve as Director of the Division of Finance, and David Maginnis will serve as Chief Information Officer of the Division of Interagency Information Technologies. The Frederick County Council yesterday unanimously confirmed both appointments. “Erin White and Dave Maginnis bring a wealth of experience and are well-respected leaders in their fields,” County Executive Gardner…

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State Appoints New Director of Garrett Social Services Dept

Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Lourdes R. Padilla this week appointed Alicia Streets to serve as director of the Garrett County Department of Social Services. The selection process and resulting appointment were a result of collaboration between DHS and Garrett County Government. The local departments of social services play a critical role in the State’s human services delivery system as they are the focal points for most benefits and beneficiaries, especially those intended…

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PSC Distributes $83 Million to Help Cover Past-Due Utility Bills

The Maryland Public Service Commission today allocated $83 million in state funding to utilities to help customers with delinquent bills, particularly arrearages incurred amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is part of the RELIEF (Recovery for the Economy, Livelihoods, Industries, Entrepreneurs, and Families) Act passed by the Maryland General Assembly earlier this year, and signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan. Maryland utilities report that thousands of residential customers are behind on their bills for…

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