Airbnb Earnings Report Reveals Economic Impacts in Maryland

Baltimore City tops the list with over 107,000 guest arrivals and nearly $15 million in host income. Airbnb recently released the company's 2018 earnings in Maryland. Statewide hosts welcomed 383,600 guest and earned nearly $57 million in supplemental income. As reported by The Dispatch: According to the report, there are currently over 6,500 Airbnb hosts in Maryland who share their residences with online vacation shoppers. The average amount of yearly supplemental income for the hosts comes…

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Wicomico Enacts New Animal Welfare Regulations

Wicomico County has announced a broad range of new animal control regulations. The sweeping changes intended to protect animal welfare, update everything from licensing requirements and tethering regulations to trap and neuter programs and adoption programs. As announced in a county news release: Provisions from the State of Maryland Animal Care and Cruelty Law A Trap, Neuter and Return Program (TNR) for community cats Tighter regulations on tethering an animal. Protection of animals in unsafe…

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Can States Cover the Costs of Near Universal Health Care Plans?

Recently, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and California Governor Gavin Newsom announced proposals to increase the number of people with health insurance coverage in their respective jurisdictions. As reported by Governing, their local proposals include restoring the individual mandate, expanding the number of people receiving subsidies to cover the costs, and covering some portion of undocumented immigrants -- changes that would amount to hundreds of thousands more people being insured. As noted in…

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Department Will Enforce New Animal Shelter Standards

The State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners will begin enforcing animal shelter standards and inspecting shelters this year. Additionally, by July 1, 2019, all rooms where animals are housed must have a fire alarm system that will alert authorities of fire or heavy smoke. The standards and inspections apply to all shelters except private or commercial kennels unless they receive funding from the State Spay & Neuter Grants Program Notice from the Maryland Department of Agriculture:…

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Mayor Selects Michael Harrison for Baltimore City Police Commissioner

Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh has selected New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison to serve as Baltimore City Police Commissioner. The Baltimore Sun reports: Pugh said Harrison has “achieved clear, compelling and consistent results” in reducing violence while deploying “proactive and effective policing strategies that reflect 21st century, constitutional policing,” and would bring the “insight and sensitivity needed to reestablish essential trust and confidence of citizens in their police officers.” A separate Sun article provides background on…

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From Weeds to Wells to Wellness Local Health Departments are Always on the Job

Local Health Departments (LHDs) play a broad and critical role in protecting the public's health. As attendees to the MACo Winter Conference session, "Protecting the Public's Health: Weeds to Wells to Wellness," learned the full scope of what they do and the health and economic impacts they have on local communities is not always evident.   Kevin Sumner, President of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)  set the stage with a  look…

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Opioid Questions Asked and Answered at #MACoCon Round Table

The MACo Winter Conference closed out with an interactive round table session that provided an opportunity for audience members and panelists to share insights and answer questions related to what's working, what's not, and what is next for the opioid crisis. The first half of the session was a Q&A between facilitator Nastassia Walsh, Program Manager, National Association of Counties (NACo), and panelists Steve Schuh, Executive Director, Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC); Birch Barron, Deputy Director, Opioid…

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Breaking Behavioral Health Barriers Behind Bars and in the Communities

Attendees of the MACo Winter Conference session, Who's Falling Through the Cracks: Addressing Gaps in Behavioral Health Services, heard frank discussions from panelists on the scope of behavioral health issues in local communities as well as what is being done what more is needed to close gaps in addressing behavioral health issues. Much of the discussion centered around the criminal justice population. Dan Martin Senior Director of Public Policy for the Mental Health Association of Maryland (MHAMD)…

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County Human Services Deliver Seamless Support for Community Members in Crisis

At the MACo Winter Conference session, Constituents in Crisis: Human Services to the Rescue!, audience members learned about the broad continuum of county agencies and programs that are dedicated to providing community-based services to address the special needs of children, families, older adults, and persons with disabilities. Christine Kay, Director of the Carroll County Department of Citizen Services started the panel off with explanation of how county human service agencies (also known as citizen services or community…

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Diversity Caucus Installs 2019 Board at #MACoCon

The Maryland County Officials Diversity Caucus (Diversity Caucus), a chapter organization of MACo, installed its 2019 Executive Board at the MACo Winter Conference. The 2019 Maryland County Officials Diversity Caucus Board: President Craig Rice (Montgomery County Council Member), First Vice President Craig Mathies (Somerset County Commissioner), Treasurer Deni Taveras (Prince George's County Council Member), Second Vice President Sharon Green Middleton (Baltimore City Council Member), and Secretary Opel Jones (Howard County Council Member). The Diversity Caucus provides…

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