Washington County Accepting Applications for Nonprofit Grant Program

The Washington County Office of Grant Management is accepting applications for the fiscal 2023 Surplus Funding Nonprofit Assistance program. This program assists local 501c3 nonprofits with surplus funds set aside by the Board of County Commissioners. Surplus Funding Nonprofit Assistance is limited to organizations with an office located within and providing services in Washington County. An organization may only submit one request for funding for a maximum award of $100,000. According to Washington County: The…

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Taxes, Fees, Charges: What’s the Difference?

This article is part of MACo’s Policy Deep Dive series, where expert policy analysts explore and explain the top county policy issues of the day. A new article is added each week - read all of MACo’s Policy Deep Dives. Government revenue is critical to funding all public services. In Maryland, county governments receive revenues from two primary sources: own-source revenues, which include locally generated revenues such as property taxes and income taxes, fees, and…

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Maryland on Track to Launch Mobile Sports Wagering by Thanksgiving

Maryland's Sports Wagering Application Review Commission approved ten mobile sports betting licenses, setting the stage for a pre-Thanksgiving launch. https://twitter.com/ButlerBets/status/1592893804633526275?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet In 2020, Maryland voters approved a constitutional amendment to expand commercial gaming by authorizing sports and events wagering to raise revenue for education. While sports wagering is legal in Maryland, sportsbooks are currently only available in casinos and other approved venues. The launch of mobile sports wagering, which handles 70 to 90 percent of wagers…

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Palakovich Carr Elected Chair of Montgomery County House Delegation

The Montgomery County House Delegation elected Delegate Julie Palakovich Carr as its next chair. Delegate Palakovich Carr takes the gavel from Delegate Marc Korman, who served four years as chair. Delegate Emily Shetty will serve as vice chair. "I am honored to have the support of my colleagues and look forward to advancing our County's goals in Annapolis," said Palakoich Carr, who just won her second term as Delegate in District 17. "We also owe…

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FEMA Accepting Nominations for EMX Program

FEMA is accepting nominations for the Emergency Manager Exchange (EMX) Program. The EMX Program brings state, local, tribal and territorial emergency managers and government officials to Washington, D.C., to work with FEMA leadership on developing and implementing policies and programs. This exchange allows FEMA and its partners a new way to collaborate in support of emergency management priorities. The program benefits FEMA and its partners as they develop essential priorities, share diverse and dedicated workforces,…

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Voters Approve New Term Limits for Anne Arundel Council, Baltimore City Elected Officials

Voters in Anne Arundel County and Baltimore City approved new term limits for local elected officials. Anne Arundel County -- Question B According to unofficial results, 77 percent of Anne Arundel County approved this measure. Question B amends the Anne Arundel County Charter to provide that no person elected or appointed to the office of County Councilmember may serve more than three full consecutive four-year terms. Anne Arundel County Councilmembers are currently limited to two…

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Statewide Ballot Questions Pass Comfortably

Unofficial results from the Maryland State Board of Elections point toward all five statewide ballot questions passing by comfortable margins. Maryland voters considered five statewide ballot questions on the November 8 ballot. To appear on the ballot, constitutional amendments require approval by three-fifths of the membership of the Maryland Senate and the Maryland House of Delegates. Question 1 According to unofficial results, 73 percent of Maryland voters endorsed this measure. Question 1 renames the Maryland…

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Anne Arundel Council General Election Round-Up

With thousands of mail-in ballots yet to be counted, some Anne Arundel Council races are too close to call. Despite a court ruling authorizing local boards of elections to process and tabulate mail-in ballots before the polls closed on election day — the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections opted not to canvass mail-in votes until later this week. For context, more than 43,000 Anne Arundel voters have cast their ballots by mail. Among those ballots,…

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Updated: Race for Anne Arundel Exec Too Close to Call

With thousands of mail-in ballots yet to be counted, the race for Anne Arundel Council Executive is too close to call. Anne Arundel County Council Member Jessica Haire (R) leads incumbent County Executive Executive Steuart Pittman (D) in the race for Anne Arundel County Executive. According to unofficial early voting and election day results, Haire has 54 percent of the vote, while Pittman has 46 percent. Update: The Anne Arundel County Board of Elections continues…

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