Hogan Unveils $1 Billion Stimulus Package

Governor Larry Hogan this week previewed a $1 billion proposal to provide stimulus checks for low-income working Marylanders, help for small businesses, and a series of tax cuts. The Recovery for the Economy, Livelihoods, Industries, Entrepreneurs, and Families Act (RELIEF) is one of several economic recovery packages expected to be considered by the Maryland General Assembly this session. The RELIEF Act would provide up to $750 for families and $450 for individuals who filed for…

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Big Leadership Changes in Maryland’s House of Delegates

House Speaker Adrienne Jones announced new leadership assignments, committee swaps, and appointments for newly-appointed members of the House of Delegates. Delegate Mark Chang will serve as vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee, a post previously held by Delegate Michael Jackson, who today will be sworn in as a member of the Maryland Senate, filling the seat formerly held by Senate President Emeritus Mike Miller. Delegate Ben Barnes will be the new chair of the…

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Hogan Executive Order Establishes New Redistricting Commission

Governor Larry Hogan today issued an executive order to establish the Maryland Citizen Redistricting Reform Commission, which will be charged with drawing fair legislative and congressional maps for the 2022 elections. “This commission is the first of its kind in the long history of our state,” said Governor Hogan. In Maryland, the General Assembly has primary authority to draw both congressional and state legislative district lines. The governor, aided by an advisory commission, submits a…

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Montgomery Leverages CARES Funds to Offer Outdoor WiFi at Public Libraries

Montgomery County has leveraged federal COVID-19 funding to install outdoor public WiFi at several Public Library (MCPL) branches. This free service is available 24 hours a day in parking lots adjacent to the library buildings. As leaders in the fight against COVID-19, counties are expending federal relief funds to address immediate health, equity, and safety concerns, as well as to promote economic resiliency and recovery. From small business support grant programs to rental and mortgage…

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Frederick Offers Second Round of Restaurant Grants

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner yesterday announced a second round of grants to support restaurants and other foodservice businesses hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The County will provide an additional $1.3 million to its Food Service Grants program, to which the County initially dedicated $2 million. Grants will be awarded in two categories. The first category includes commercially located bakeries and caterers, carry-out restaurants with no seating, and food trucks. The second group includes restaurants…

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Montgomery Receives ‘SolSmart Gold’ Designation for Prioritizing Solar

Montgomery County is the first Maryland jurisdiction to receive a “Gold” designation from the national SolSmart program for making it faster, easier, and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar. This designation recognizes Montgomery County for taking bold steps to prioritize solar energy growth and streamline the processes necessary for solar development. For companies looking to expand, a SolSmart Gold designation is a signal that the County is “open for solar business.” In…

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Pittman Names Trumbauer as Anne Arundel Budget Officer

County Executive Pittman today named Chris Trumbauer as Anne Arundel County Budget Officer. Trumbauer has been serving as Acting Budget Officer since October 12. In addition to his role as Budget Officer, Trumbauer will continue to serve as a senior policy advisor to the County Executive. “Chris Trumbauer has been, and will remain, a pillar of our administration," said County Executive Pittman. “He has counseled our team in every aspect of governing from the day…

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Hogan Appoints Marlon Amprey to House of Delegates
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Hogan Appoints Marlon Amprey to House of Delegates

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the appointment of Marlon Amprey, Esq., to the Maryland House of Delegates. “I am confident that Marlon Amprey will be a strong advocate for constituents in Baltimore City in his new role as a delegate,” said Governor Hogan. “I offer him my sincere congratulations, and will work with him to change Maryland for the better.” As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Baltimore City Democratic Central Committee last week nominated…

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Comptroller Extends Filing Deadline for Business Tax Returns, Payments

Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that his agency has extended filing and payment deadlines for certain Maryland business taxes and quarterly estimated income tax returns and payments that would be due in January, February, and March 2021 until April 15, 2021. Along with eligible businesses, self-employed individuals or independent contractors with estimated income tax returns and payments due on January 15, 2021, will be granted an automatic extension until April 15, 2021. The extension applies…

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