Big Ideas for Your Community? Healthiest Communities Data Challenge is Here! Presented by Aetna

Do you or someone you know have BIG ideas for your community? The Healthiest Communities Data Challenge, presented by the Aetna Foundation and AcademyHealth, is looking for BIG ideas and BEST ways to leverage the available data in the Healthiest Communities rankings. The Healthiest Communities Rankings, provided by a collaboration between U.S. & World Report News and the Aetna Foundation, rank communities across the nation by measuring health-related components of society. The goal of these…

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Kirwan Commission Trims Cost Estimates, Funding Formulas Still Uncertain

The [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence this week unveiled new cost estimates for its recommendations to expand pre-kindergarten, increase teacher pay, provide more resources for at-risk students, and develop a new standard for college and career readiness. The $4.4 billion price tag, phased in over ten years, comes with a caveat: The Commission has yet to agree on the funding formulas that determine both the pattern and role of state and local funding. The…

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Maryland Counties Receive Millions in VA Benefits

Thirteen Maryland counties were among the 664 counties nationwide that each received more than $50 million in VA benefits in 2017 within their jurisdictions.  A majority of Maryland counties received more than $50 million in VA benefits, according to the National Association of Counties Analysis of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Data from 2017. Almost all Maryland counties received more than average amounts of VA benefits in 2017 compared to other counties in the US. Here…

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Making Your Mark at #MACoCon – Sponsorships and Exhibits Available!

MACo's 2019 Winter Conference, "Charting the Course," is expected to be record setting! The conference will be made up of: county elected officials county professionals state legislators, commercial representatives federal representatives ...joining together to discuss progress for counties this January 2-4 at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, MD. In just the span of 3 days, the conference will host... 600+ Influential Attendees 70 Inspirational Featured Speakers 26 Informative Educational Sessions ... and about 80 exhibitors…

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National Economy Chugs Along, More Jobs Added in November

The additional of 155,000 new jobs shows continued economic progress, but falls below estimates.  The US Bureau of Labor Statistics released job statistics from November this morning, stating, Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 155,000 in November, and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in health care, in manufacturing, and in transportation and warehousing. See the full press release from the Bureau…

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Baltimore City Passes Law Regulating Airbnb

According to WMAR, after a procedural final vote the Baltimore City Council has passed a bill regulating short-term rentals such as Airbnb. The Baltimore Sun reported on the details of the bill: The legislation would require hosts using the rental platforms to register with city authorities and impose a 9.5 percent hotel tax on Airbnb-style stays. It would also ban people from renting properties other than their primary homes. ... It does include a grandfather clause…

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Bay Debris Cleanup Ongoing From Summer Storms

A Bay Journal article (2018-12-05) reported on the ongoing cleanup of debris and trash that flooded into the Chesapeake Bay from summer storms that occurred back in July. Debris poses not only a navigation and safety threat to boats but can foul restoration efforts undertaken by the State and local governments. According the article, 2018 is on track to be one of the wettest years ever record in the mid-Atlantic region, with Baltimore City receiving 59 inches…

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Carbon Tax Bill Introduced in House of Representatives

A Sustainable Cities Network article (2018-12-04) reported on the introduction of a bipartisan bill in the United States House of Representatives that would set a nationwide price and refund system for carbon emissions. Many climate change advocates support a carbon tax as a market driven approach to address climate change. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2018 (H.R.7173) is sponsored by Representatives Ted Deutch (D-FL), Francis Rooney (D-FL), Charlie Christ (R-FL), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Anna…

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Get Your Head In the Cloud at #MACoCon

Two private sector experts in cloud-based technology join a panel on tech issues driving county government change at MACo's Winter Conference. Maryland's Association of County Information Technology Officers are sponsoring a session at the upcoming MACo Conference on how it developments are driving policy change in county government. The session will include a presenters from county governments describing the effects of developments like 5G, broadband, and cyber threats on county practices. The panel will also…

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“Stayin’ Alive” – Learn to Save a Life with Overdose and CPR Training

Attendees of the MACo Winter Conference will learn to how save a life through naloxone training for opioid overdoses and hands-only CPR training.  Training Description: Receive in-person, hands-on training and certification in recognizing and responding to opioid overdose with Naloxone. This prescription medication can safely and effectively reverse an opioid overdose. Participants will receive a certificate and a kit containing educational materials and the medication. Participants will also receive training in hands-only CPR. Bystander CPR…

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