City Partners With J.P. Morgan Chase to Support Small, Minority, and Women-Owned Businesses

Today, Mayor Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott and J.P. Morgan Chase leadership announced the launch of their Business Breakfast Series partnership to support local women and minority-owned businesses. The first breakfast in the series was this morning and featured 165 participants from across the City. The Breakfast Series, hosted by the Mayor’s Office of Small, Minority, and Women Business in partnership with J.P. Morgan Chase, is designed to allow local business owners to network, learn…

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Hot off the Press: Major Issues Review…Quadrennial Edition

The Maryland Department of Legislative Services has released the Major Issues Review for the 2019-2022 term of the Maryland General Assembly. Similar to The 90 Day Report prepared after each session, the Major Issues Review is divided into multiple parts, each dealing with a significant policy area. Each section discusses most bills passed, including comparisons with previous sessions and current law, background information, and a discussion of noteworthy bills that did not pass. Visit the…

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President Biden Signs State and Local Cybersecurity Act

This week, President Joe Biden signed a bill designed to bolster coordination between the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and state and local governments. The State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act requires CISA to ensure that the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, the federal government's primary cyberthreat-analysis entity, shares more of its security tools, policies, training procedures, and appropriate intelligence products with states, counties, municipalities, territories, and tribal governments. The bill expands the…

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Anne Arundel Awards $2.1 Million in Community Support Grants

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman announced $2.12 million in funding for 74 community-based organizations through the County’s Community Support Grant (CSG) awards program managed by Arundel Community Development Services (ACDS). Since reintroducing the program as part of the fiscal 2021 budget, the County has granted 154 awards totaling $4.5 million to 92 unique nonprofits providing vital services to the residents of Anne Arundel County. “The organizations that get these grants provide critical support for…

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Wicomico Budget Aims to Bolster Core Services

The Wicomico County Council passed a $173 million fiscal 2023 budget that focuses on the County’s core services, such as education, public safety, health, and infrastructure. The budget increases funding for volunteer fire and EMS companies by $1.3 million and includes a length of service awards system to assist with recruiting and retaining members. In addition, funding for the Board of Education Maintenance of Effort will increase by $260,000 and provide $1 Million to bolster…

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IRS Boosting Mileage Deduction Rates as Gas Prices Soar

The Internal Revenue Service announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rate for the final six months of 2022. Taxpayers may use the optional standard mileage rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving purposes. For the final six months of 2022, the standard mileage rate for business travel will be 62.5 cents per mile, up 4 cents from the rate effective at the start of the…

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Anne Arundel Passes Budget: Taxpayer Savings, Record Investments in Schools, Parks, Public Safety

In a bipartisan vote, the Anne Arundel County Council approved County Executive Steuart Pittman’s fiscal 2023 budget, including taxpayer savings alongside record investments in education, public safety, and parks. The fiscal 2023 budget includes a tax cut that lowers the income tax rate on the first $50,000 of taxable income for every taxpayer while setting the property tax rate further below the cap than ever in the County’s history. In addition, the budget will grow…

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Seismic Shift: EPA Slashes Recommended PFAS Limits in Drinking Water
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Seismic Shift: EPA Slashes Recommended PFAS Limits in Drinking Water

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is drastically slashing recommended limits for “forever chemicals” in drinking water. This week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released four drinking water health advisories for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the latest action under the Biden Administration’s action plan to deliver clean water and Administrator Regan’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap. EPA also announced that it is inviting states and territories to apply for $1 billion – the first of…

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Federal Reserve Tackles Inflation With Largest Rate Hike Since 1994

The US central bank has announced its most significant interest rate increase since 1994 as it toughens its fight against soaring prices. This week, the Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates by 0.75 percent as part of an effort to tamp down on inflationary pressures. The Fed set the benchmark interest rate to a target range between 1.5 percent and 1.75 percent and anticipates that ongoing increases in the target range will be appropriate. According…

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Prince George’s Debuts 2022 Proud to Vote Kit

The Prince George’s County Board of Elections is debuting its 2022 PROUD TO VOTE Toolkit ahead of the 2022 Maryland Gubernatorial Primary Election. This toolkit aims to increase voter turnout by reaching all eligible voters and getting messaging to every generation - the Greatest, the Silent, Boomers, Generation Z, Millennials, and Zoomers - so that they are aware of redistricting, polling place, and election date changes. “We are excited about this toolkit. It is inclusive…

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