Board of Public Works – May 19 Meeting Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works (BPW) reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have an effect on county governments. The BPW is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot. It meets on alternating Wednesdays and the meetings are open to the public. The meeting will be held in Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis. Note: In light…

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MACo’s Hiring – Policy Advocate with Legal Background

MACo's Policy Team is seeking a high-impact professional with legal experience, to lead county advocacy on a portfolio of public policy issues, and coordinate county interests and actions on liability and employment matters. Sound like a fit? Apply today! MACo is seeking a Policy and Legal Counsel to join our policy team, take a lead role on a series of policy areas, coordinate work with county offices of law, and offer in-house legal perspectives. Applications…

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Adolescents 12+ Cleared for COVID Vaccine

Maryland vaccination sites are open, starting to day, to 12-16 year olds, as testing indicated the treatment safe and effective. Maryland vaccination sites, including both "mass vaccination" locations and a variety of other providers, will offer treatment to 12 year olds and up, effective today. The Food and Drug Administration has authorized use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for adolescents 12 to 15 years of age. Marylanders 12 and older are eligible for vaccination. Most of…

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US Department of Labor’s FAQs on COBRA Continuing Health Care Coverage

A recent discussion of county Human Resources officers highlighted new federal rules, arising from the American Rescue Plan Act, altering employer and employee responsibilities for continuing health care coverage post-employment. A F-A-Q document available from the US Department of Labor is a good guide to employer and employee need-to-know topics. From the US Department of Labor, here are selections from the Frequently Asked Questions about COBRA health insurance continuing coverage: General Information Q1: I have…

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MD Asian American Hate Crimes Workgroup Seeks Input

Governor Hogan announced the membership of an Asian American Hate Crimes Workgroup, whose new chair Robert Hur has announced it seeks input from the public to help guide its work. From the Governor's office: Governor Larry Hogan today announced the members of the new workgroup to address the rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans, which will be led by former U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur. First announced last month, the workgroup’s mission is to develop strategies,…

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Education Sec. Cardona: Re-opening Successes, and Work Ahead

US Education Secretary Miguel Cardona reviews school re-opening progress and looks at the leadership needed to advance this priority in the months ahead. In an opinion item published on the CNN website, among other places, US Education Secretary Dr. Miguel Cardona discusses the Administration's priorities and progress with re-opening public schools for in-person learning. Among his points, he raises equity in access, and the need for student-based outreach to help overcome reluctance to rejoin in-person…

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City Health Department’s “Playful” Tone Promoting Vaccination

The Baltimore City Health Department, the nation's oldest local health department, is taking a new approach to its social media presence - adopting an informal and sometimes flippant tone as they seek to reach residents to promote vaccination. Social media branding has become a fascinating facet of corporate public profiles. Many companies stick to the basics - information about products or services, and similar direct (but impersonal) outreach to potential customers. Some push the envelope,…

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How To “Do” Economic Development in Maryland

The Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) is hosting a primer on Econ Dev 101 "tools" for members and non-members alike. Register for this May 25-26 offering. 2021 MEDA Primer for Economic Development in Maryland Date: May 25-26, 2021 Where: Online Cost: $40 for Members and $80 for Non-Members Join MEDA for a virtual training that has been created to provide participants an introduction and overview of how Maryland practices economic development. Course attendees will quickly…

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New Georgia Law Bans Local Police Funding Cuts, Fearing “Defunding”

The Georgia state legislature has passed, and its governor has signed, legislation preempting local governments from making funding reductions to their public safety units - fearing social movements seeking to "defund the police." Georgia state policy now supersedes the judgment of locally elected officials in a major element of public policy - the locally-adopted budget and priorities that accompany it. Georgia local governments are now being held to a required funding level - as the…

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New ARPA Guidance Available From US Treasury

The US Department of the Treasury has released its first official guidance on use of funds from the American Rescue Plan - including resources for state and local governments slated to manage local implementation of the ambitious program. Briefings TODAY from NACo will review the new offerings. From the NACo website: Today, the U.S. Department of Treasury released guidance on the State and Local Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Fund (Recovery Fund), part of the American Rescue Plan Act. The bill includes…

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