A Quick Guide to the Last Day of Session

With so many new faces across county government, MACo thought it would be helpful to offer something of a Q&A to help those seeking to follow last-minute issues as the legislative session winds down. Here, we will try to answer some of the “frequently asked questions” about the terminology and process that can be truly difficult to grasp. As always, the MACo office is happy to be of help to anyone in the county community,…

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Prince George’s Launches Office of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs Officer Dr. James Dula (Center) The National Association of Black Veterans partnered with the Department of Commerce to educate veterans on the Federal Veteran Employment Initiative. (Photo courtesy of Prince George's County)
Prince George’s Launches Office of Veterans Affairs

Prince George's County, home to 60,000 veterans and their families, this week announced the launch of the Office of Veterans Affairs. The newly created office will provide stellar services, evolve with the unique needs of veterans, and receive a high ranking of approval from the veterans it serves. According to a press release: Prior to being elected, County Executive Alsobrooks received valuable feedback regarding how the County’s veterans services had a long way to go.…

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Ag Tire Event Collects More Than 379 Tons of Scrap Tires

Farmers across Cecil County recently participated in the 2019 Agricultural Tire Collection Event held at the Cecil County Central Landfill in Elkton. The event aims to collect scrap tires from Cecil County farms at no cost to the farmers. This year, more than 14,000 tires, weighing more than 379 tons, were collected March 1st-11th, with 73 different farms contributing. The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), in conjunction with the Maryland Environmental Service and the…

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Maryland’s Crab Industry Gets Big Boost

Governor Larry Hogan this week praised the decision by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release an additional 30,000 visas through the H-2B Nonimmigrant Temporary Worker Program. H-2B workers are essential for Maryland’s seasonal blue crab industry and sweet corn processors. The additional visas come after repeated requests by federal and state officials to help Maryland’s crab and seafood processing industry. The additional visas are a big boost for the Maryland crab industry,…

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Howard to Host Veterans Resource Fair

Howard County will host a free resource fair next week to provide support for veterans and their families. The Veterans Resource Fair, hosted by County Executive Calvin Ball, the Office of Veterans and Military Families (OVMF), and the Commission for Veterans and Military Families, will take place on Monday, April 8 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Howard Community College, in the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Building, 4th floor. According to a press release:…

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Speaker Busch Hospitalized, May Miss Rest of Session
House Speaker Michael Busch at the 2019 MACo Winter Conference
Speaker Busch Hospitalized, May Miss Rest of Session

Maryland House of Delegates Speaker Michael Busch on Monday announced that he has pneumonia and may miss the remainder of the General Assembly session. Busch, who has served as speaker since 2003, underwent a liver transplant in 2017. Speaker Busch released the following statement: After a follow-up procedure to my 2017 liver transplant, I started feeling run-down after the Democratic Caucus meeting last Tuesday. I have developed a case of pneumonia, which has kept me…

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Reminder: SDAT Annual Business Filings Deadline – April 15

The April 15th deadline is quickly approaching for 2019 Annual Reports and/or Personal Property Tax Returns. Business owners may file online using the Maryland Business Express, www.maryland.gov/businessexpress. According to a press release: 2019 Annual Reports and/or Personal Property Tax Returns must be filed for all domestic and foreign business entities with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) by Monday, April 15. If you request a two-month filing extension through SDAT’s online extension system, your…

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Cecil Budget Proposal: Holds Line on Taxes, Funds Priorities

Cecil County Executive Dr. Alan McCarthy on Friday presented the Proposed Operating and Capital Budget for Fiscal Year 2020.  The administration will introduce the budget to Council on Tuesday, April 2 for their review over the next two months. According to a press release: Dr. McCarthy identified projected General Fund revenue of $202,888,312 along with a distribution of expenditures totaling the same amount to ensure a balanced budget. Roughly ninety one percent (91%) of the revenue…

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Conduit Street Podcast: “Spring Cleaning” Policy Roundup

MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play Music by searching Conduit Street Podcast. You can also listen on our Conduit Street blog with a recap and link to the podcast. You can listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website. Useful Links Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Budget Conferees Reach Compromise on Spending Plan Previous Conduit Street Coverage: County and Legislative Leaders Push for Build to Learn Act Previous Conduit Street Coverage: $15…

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Northrop Grumman to Add 175 New Jobs in Cecil County

Northrop Grumman, a global security company that designs, builds, and delivers space, defense, and aviation-related systems, is expanding its manufacturing operations in Cecil County. The expansion is expected to add 175 new jobs over the next five years. According to a press release: This operating sector of the company, which was known as Orbital ATK before it was purchased by Northrop Grumman Corp. last year, currently operates in Elkton where it employs 400 workers. “Our…

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