Summer #MACoCon Registration Now Open – Register Today for “Winds of Change”

WINDS OF CHANGE MACo Summer Conference Roland Powell Convention Center Worcester County - Ocean City, Maryland August 14-17, 2019  BROCHURE  |  REGISTER  |  EXHIBIT  |  SPONSOR  |  HOTELS  |  MORE More than 2,500 people will attend this conference to discuss harnessing change in government and constituent services.   Be part of that conversation! Register Today!  From the digital revolution of service delivery and communication to the always evolving threats to public safety, county governments need…

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Business Email Compromise – What You Need to Know to Be Protected

You get an email from your boss, it says "Sorry to bother you on a Saturday, but I need help with a time-sensitive project - could you please respond?" The email looks like it was sent from a gmail address matching your boss's name, and it says "Sent from my iPhone" in the footer...odd, but seems legit, right? Do you respond? Many people would, with possibly disastrous (and expensive) consequences. This is a frequent tactic…

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White House Invitation for Briefing Call on the Opioid Crisis – Today at 4:30 pm

White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs invites you to join a briefing call on Combatting the Opioid Crisis on Tuesday, March 19 at 4:30 PM EST. Kellyanne Conway (Assistant to the President & Senior Counselor), Jim Carroll (Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy) and other administration officials will review and provide insight into ongoing administration efforts to combat the crisis. If you would like to join the…

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Think Warm Thoughts – 2019 #MACoCon Registration is OPEN!

MACo's 2019 Summer Conference, "Winds of Change," will be held on August 14-17 in Ocean City, MD. Registration is now open! “Winds of Change” will focus on the changes being seen at every level of government and constituent services and how counties are harnessing that momentum for the good of all Marylanders. From the digital revolution of service delivery and communication to the always evolving threats to public safety, county governments need to be on…

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Counties Oppose State-Mandated Reductions, Support Tax Incentives

Kevin Kinnally, MACo's Associate Director, offered testimony on Wednesday to oppose two bills representing state-mandated reductions in local revenue sources. HB 114 increases the maximum amount of a subtraction modification under the State income tax of certain individuals for retirement income attributable to specific professions. HB 204 allows a subtraction modification under the State income tax for income from a qualified transfer of stock or membership interest of a Maryland corporation or limited liability company…

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Smiles For All – Counties Call for Dental Clinic Cash

Natasha Mehu, MACo's Legislative Director, testified on Wednesday in support of  SB 158 - Maryland Department of Health - Community Dental Clinics Grant Program. This bill creates a grant program to help counties establish affordable community dental clinics. Poor oral health has been linked to heart disease, premature and low birth weights, and diabetes. Counties have a duty to help promote the health and well-being of their communities, but affordable dental care is very difficult…

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Covering the Cost of Care – Seized Animals and County Shelters

MACo's Legislative Director, Natasha Mehu, testified in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee in support of SB 152 - Criminal Law – Cruelty to Animals – Seizure and Removal. This bill creates a reasonable process to ensure that an owner or custodian of an animal that has been seized or removed due to cruelty is liable for the cost of care provided to the animal by a local control agency or shelter while in their possession.…

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MACo: School Construction Prevailing Wage Is Not One-Size-Fits-All

MACo's Research Director, Robin Clark Eilenberg, submitted testimony to the Senate Finance Committee in support of SB 40 - Procurement - Prevailing Wage - Modifications. This bill would allow some added flexibility from the State’s mandate to apply State prevailing wage laws and regulations to any public school construction project that receives even 25% of its funding from the State. SB 40 reinstates a more balanced approach to the too-uniform prevailing wage law for public…

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Jan 30 MACo Legislative Committee Meeting Still On

With the weather being a non-event and reports of clear roads across the state, today’s meeting of MACo’s Legislative Committee will take place as scheduled. Subcommittees will meet at 9:30 am, the full Committee will meet at 10:00 am, and lunch will be served at noon. The State of the State Address will be streamed live in the MACo office during lunch. Committee members can call 410.269.0043 with questions. This meeting is for members only.

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Caroline County Taps Jeremy Goldman as County Administrator

The Caroline County Commissioners have formally appointed Jeremy Goldman as County Administrator; Goldman began his new post on January 23, 2019. Jeremy Goldman brings to Caroline County a wealth of local government experience, most recently serving as County Manager for neighboring Dorchester County, and having previously held the position of Dorchester's Director of Emergency Services. His areas of expertise include strategic planning, service delivery, project management, economic development, and employee development, recruitment, and retention. Jeremy…

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