New Treasury ARPA FAQ: Broadband Spending

The US Department of the Treasury today released a revised Frequently Asked Questions document that provides clarifications on key questions related to the broadband provisions of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds' Interim Final Rule. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Recovery Fund, authorized under the American Rescue Plan Act, is providing $65.1 billion in direct, flexible aid to every county in America, as well as other crucial investments in local communities. Today’s update…

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Hogan Announces $10 Million in Relief for Live Entertainment Venues

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the recipients of 65 awards totaling $10 million for live music and performance venues and live entertainment promoters affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, 49 live entertainment venues and 14 promoters across 12 counties and Baltimore City will receive grant funding. Venues include Rams Head Live (Baltimore County), Delmarva Shorebirds (Wicomico County), Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (Baltimore City), Cumberland Theatre (Allegany County), Merriweather Post Pavilion (Howard County), Olney Theatre Corporation…

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Maryland’s COVID State of Emergency to End July 1

Governor Hogan announced plans to end the longstanding State of Emergency brought about by the pandemic, and set forth processes for multiple emergency measures and processes to return to "normal." ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan announced the end of the COVID-19 state of emergency in the State of Maryland. As of today, Maryland has surpassed 6.5 million vaccinations, and the positivity rate is a record-low 0.82%. “Thanks in large part to the hard work, the sacrifices,…

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PSC Distributes $83 Million to Help Cover Past-Due Utility Bills

The Maryland Public Service Commission today allocated $83 million in state funding to utilities to help customers with delinquent bills, particularly arrearages incurred amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is part of the RELIEF (Recovery for the Economy, Livelihoods, Industries, Entrepreneurs, and Families) Act passed by the Maryland General Assembly earlier this year, and signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan. Maryland utilities report that thousands of residential customers are behind on their bills for…

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Understanding Eligible Uses of ARPA Funds: Water and Sewer Infrastructure

As counties determine how to invest their ARPA State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to foster a swift and equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Association of Counties (NACo) is hosting a series of information sessions to examine the various eligible uses outlined in Treasury’s Interim Final Rule (IFR) for the program. NACo Webinar: Understanding Eligible Uses of the Fiscal Recovery Fund: Water and Sewer Infrastructure This webinar will focus on how counties…

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Hogan Announces End of COVID-19 State of Emergency

Emergency Mandates and Restrictions to End July 1, Followed By 45-Day Administrative Grace Period Governor Larry Hogan today announced the end of the COVID-19 state of emergency in the State of Maryland. As of today, Maryland has surpassed 6.5 million vaccinations, and the positivity rate is a record-low 0.82%. Local governments may still set their own public health policies pursuant to their authority under state and local law. “Thanks in large part to the hard…

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City Leadership to Hogan: Reinstate Federal Unemployment Boost

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon M. Scott, City Council President Nick J. Mosby, and City Comptroller Bill Henry this morning sent a letter to Governor Larry Hogan urging him to reverse his decision to halt federally-funded unemployment benefits. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the governor earlier this month announced that Maryland will discontinue its participation in pandemic unemployment programs that enhance benefits, including the extra $300 weekly payments and coverage for the self-employed. According to…

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Baltimore City Budget Targets Core Services, Community Restoration, Public Safety

The Baltimore City Council this week voted unanimously to approve Mayor Brandon Scott's $4.33 billion fiscal 2022 budget, including $3.84 billion for operating expenses and $487.6 million in capital investments. The General Fund budget totals $2.01 billion, a 4.4 percent increase from the fiscal 2021 spending plan. The budget maintains core City services, leverages federal aid to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and targets new investments to make the City safer, cleaner, and more efficient.…

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