Cecil Bolsters Emergency Communications for First Responders
Cecil County Department of Emergency Services staff, along with County Executive Alan McCarthy, County administrative staff, and members of the Maryland FiRST and Motorola Solutions teams celebrate the project completion.
Cecil Bolsters Emergency Communications for First Responders

Cecil County Executive Alan McCarthy today signed off on the final acceptance of the Cecil County Motorola P-25 Enhancement Project. The project, which began in 2018, and first went live in June 2019, will improve the effectiveness of Cecil County’s Emergency Services, conserve tax dollars, and bolster the safety of residents and first responders. “The work this project took behind the scenes was extensive, but it serves as a great example of what can be…

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Fed Extends Several Emergency Lending Programs By Three Months

The Federal Reserve Board today extended most of its emergency lending programs by three months, through the remainder of 2020, to support an economy still grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic. "The three-month extension will facilitate planning by potential facility participants and provide certainty that the facilities will continue to be available to help the economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic," the Federal Reserve Board said in a statement Tuesday. Since March, the Federal Reserve has…

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U.S. Senate Republicans Unveil HEALS Act: No New Funding for State & Local Govts

U.S. Senate Republicans today unveiled the HEALS (Help, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools) Act, a $1 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that includes reforming bolstered unemployment benefits, providing support to schools and hospitals, and a new round of economic impact payments structured identically to the rebates sent to taxpayers in the spring. Additionally, Senate Republicans have prioritized liability protections for businesses, which would ostensibly protect them from coronavirus-related lawsuits, but opted not to include needed…

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Office of Attorney General Recoups More Than $400,000 in Restitution for State Retirement System

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced today that the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System has received $405,208.53 in restitution from Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS).  In addition, the Attorney General’s Office received $296,000 as payment for its work on the related investigation into fraudulent conduct by major banks involving the manipulation of the LIBOR benchmark interest rate. LIBOR, which stands for London Interbank Offered Rate, is a benchmark interest rate that affects financial…

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Maryland Generates $180 Million Premium from $1.1 Billion Bond Sale

The State of Maryland last week sold $1,011.4 million in general obligation (GO) bonds for capital projects. This included $540 million in new tax-exempt bonds, $115.8 million in tax-exempt refunding bonds, and $355.6 million in taxable advanced refunding bonds. Maryland typically issues tax-exempt GO bonds twice a year to support the State’s nontransportation capital program. The true interest cost (TIC) for the sale bonds is 1.11%. The TIC for the most recent bond sale on…

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Local Election Directors: Emergency Pollworker Shortage Will Lead to Long Lines, Voter Confusion

The Maryland Association of Election Election Officials (MAEO) is warning Governor Larry Hogan that an emergency shortage of election judges threatens the success of Maryland's 2020 general election. MAEO is the professional membership organization comprised of local election officials and Election Boards from all 24 jurisdictions in the State of Maryland. 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…

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NACo Unveils Customizable COVID Model for Reopening Counties

The COVID Response Simulator is a localized, customizable version of the public COVID Act Now (CAN) model for National Association of Counties (NACo) members. The COVID Response Simulator allows counties to take a powerful SEIR epidemiology model and customize it to help plan local actions to compact the public health crisis. The inputs and assumptions in the simulator are modifiable and can be changed to reflect local realities. In addition, users can project the impact…

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MACo President Green Middleton Appointed to Several NACo Committees

MACo’s 2020 President, Baltimore City Council Vice-President Sharon Green Middleton, was appointed to four National Association of Counties (NACo) committees. Vice-President Green Middleton, a member of the NACo Board of Directors, was appointed to serve on the following committees: Defined Contribution and Retirement Advisory Committee Healthy Counties Initiative Advisory Board Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC) Steering Committee Transportation Steering Committee (Subcommittee Vice-Chair Ports) Due to the coronavirus pandemic, NACo’s Annual Business Meeting was held virtually.…

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County Executive Pittman Announces New COVID Restrictions to Address Surge & Keep Anne Arundel Open

Anne Arundel County to limit late evening indoor hours at bars and restaurants, re-establish gathering limits for indoor and outdoor social events, close seating areas in mall food courts, and establish new, stricter penalties for violations. Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman announced today that the County will take several new actions to address the rising rate of COVID-19 spread. These actions are informed by Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman’s recommendations, and target situations where…

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