How the Pandemic Shaped Paid Leave Laws Around the Country

Paid sick leave has been at the forefront of Maryland policy debates for over a decade, with the state passing a paid leave mandate during the 2022 legislative session. While some states already had such policies in place, others were inspired to provide such leave during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, we look at how paid leave has been incorporated around the country. The Pew Charitable Trusts' Stateline initiative recently reported on how the COVID-19 pandemic inspired more states…

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Maryland Sportsbooks Handled $18.6M in August, Mobile Launch Still Months Away

August sports wagering handle totaled more than $18.6 million. Last month, Maryland’s five sports wagering facilities combined to contribute $415,801 to the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Fund, which supports public education programs. Each sports wagering licensee contributes 15 percent of its taxable win to the State of Maryland. Operators reported $3.2 million in gross revenue, an increase of nearly 60 percent from July and the third-best month since launch. The hold was more than four total…

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MD Casinos Generate $169M in August Revenue

Last month, Maryland’s six casinos generated $169.4 million in gaming revenue, contributing $70.9 million to the state. According to Maryland Lottery and Gaming, the total represents an increase of $892,605 (0.5 percent) compared to August 2021. Contributions to the Education Trust Fund in August 2022 were $51,496,162, a decrease of $293,463 (-0.6%) compared to August 2021. Casino gaming revenues also support local communities and jurisdictions home to casinos, Maryland’s horse racing industry, and small, minority- and…

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eMaryland Marketplace Helps Counties Simplify Procurement

The Maryland Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement's e-procurement system and specialized website features state-of-the-art procurement technology and simplifies county procurement to save time and money. In 2019, the Department of General Services (DGS) partnered with Nitor, a procurement services firm focused on spend management, to implement the state's new e-procurement system, eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA). Now fully implemented, eMMA allows buyers to collaborate with vendors from the bidding and contracting process all the…

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Oxfam Ranks Maryland 14th Best State for Workers

A new Oxfam America report ranks Maryland as the 14th best state for workers, up two spots from last year. Here's what it means. Oxfam America, the American branch of a global nonprofit focused on poverty eradication, recently ranked the best and worst states to work in the country. The 2022 report based its rankings on three policy areas: wages, worker protections, and rights to organize and analyzed working conditions in all 50 states, as well…

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State Center Complex Will be Transferred to Baltimore City

Currently, the State Center Complex houses over 3,000 state employees, 12 agencies, and oversees many of the state's governmental functions.  At the August 31 Board of Public Works (BPW) meeting, Lieutenant Governor Boyd K. Rutherford announced that the State of Maryland plans to transfer the State Center Complex to Baltimore City for future redevelopment as it sees fit. The State Center Complex is a 28 acre development near Eutaw Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard…

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Carroll Launches New Business Recruitment Tool

Carroll County Workforce Development now offers area businesses a new and improved job posting system at no charge. CCWD, which specializes in recruitment and job search services, works with hundreds of job seekers annually and helps generate interest in local companies and refer potential candidates for posted job openings. "With the comprehensive assessments, training, and recruitment services that we offer to businesses and job seekers along with our community partners in education, community services, and…

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Up to $198M Deployed for Small Business Relief from State Agencies

Up to $198 million in federal small business relief is being administered by three state agencies: the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), the Maryland Department of Commerce, and the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO). The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), the Maryland Department of Commerce, and the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) will use funds to expand and enhance nine existing state business lending and investment programs. The nine…

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Montgomery “Streeteries” Evaluated for Long-Term Plan

Montgomery's four "streeteries," established to creatively assist businesses during the pandemic, will continue to operate with some changes to certain location concepts. Four “Streeteries” that were created in early 2020 by Montgomery County as a temporary concept to support businesses struggling from the economic impacts of COVID-19 and allow residents to gather freely on public streets closed to cars are now being reevaluated for fall as the pandemic continues to ease. The County’s Streeteries include…

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Preventing Burnout at #MACoCon

During the 2022 MACo Summer Conference, experts from across Maryland discussed how to address worker burnout amongst county employees. The “Great Resignation” has seen workforce numbers dip across all sectors, including those government workers most responsible for protecting the public from COVID-19. From mental health first aid to providing self-care opportunities in the office, counties have employed numerous strategies to avoid burnout and attrition amongst their most overworked staff. Presenters advised county officials on how…

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