Governors Balk at Trump’s Unemployment Benefits Order

Executive order to partially extend enhanced unemployment insurance requires states to fund 25% of extra benefits. President Donald Trump on Saturday signed an executive order that extends additional unemployment payments of $400 a week to help cushion the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Congress had approved payments of $600 a week at the outset of the public health crisis, but those benefits expired earlier this month and Congress has been unable to agree on…

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Washington County Announces New Date for Annual Tax Sale

Washington County will hold its annual tax sale on September 1, 2020, at 9:00 am. The tax sale, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be held in-person and outdoors at the Washington County Office Building in downtown Hagerstown. The tax sale is used to collect delinquent real property taxes and other unpaid charges owed to the County, all of which are liens against the real property. It is a public, auction of…

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Hogan Approves Plan to Open Vote Centers for Nov 3 Election

Governor Larry Hogan today approved a State Board of Elections (SBE) plan to designate each of Maryland’s 282 high schools as vote centers — places where any county resident can vote, regardless of their precinct — for the November 3 election. Additionally, 80 early voting centers will be open across the state from October 29 through November 3. As previously reported on Conduit Street, Governor Hogan previously ordered all 1,848 neighborhood precincts to be open and…

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Nationwide Survey Finds One-Third of Renters Unable to Pay August Rent

U.S. Census Bureau survey shows renters continue to struggle under financial uncertainty as the federal eviction moratorium and boost of unemployment benefits end.  The troubling figures on rent instability and financial anxiety came from the Household Pulse Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The survey polled people weekly over the past 90 days about their financial, physical, and mental health well being. Bloomberg City Lab reports: An estimated 27% of adults in the U.S. missed…

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Social and Mental Health

Don’t miss MACo’s Summer Series Solutions Showcase on the impact of COVID-19 on social and mental health! MACo’s Summer Series includes content directly aimed at solving common governance and administrative challenges. It's also important to remember the value of self-care and mental health during the pandemic. Kaiser Permanente a MACo Gold Corporate Partner, will host a prerecorded session on the impact of COVID-19 on social and mental health. Register for MACo’s Summer Series to attend…

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Webinar: The Way Out through State and Local Aid

Join the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) for a bipartisan economists’ panel on the urgent need for substantial state and local aid as part of the next coronavirus relief package. As counties work to protect their residents, local businesses, and economies from the detrimental effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are making significant financial investments to address immediate public health and safety needs. At the same time, counties are experiencing massive and unprecedented declines in revenue…

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Johns Hopkins Launches COVID-19 Class for Children

Johns Hopkins is launching a four-part educational course for students on the COVID-19 pandemic. Inspired by Baltimore teachers who sought help explaining the virus to their students, Hopkins hopes to integrate the free course into curriculum nationwide this fall. From WMAR Baltimore: Johns Hopkins is once again putting themselves in the national spotlight during this pandemic. First they created a COVID-19 cases map that’s widely used. Now they have developed an online curriculum to teach…

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State Board to Governor: Designate All High Schools as Vote Centers On Election Day

The State Board of Elections (SBE) today agreed to ask Governor Larry Hogan to designate each of Maryland's 282 high schools as vote centers — places where any county resident can vote, regardless of their precinct — for the November 3 election. As previously reported on Conduit Street, Governor Hogan has ordered all 1,848 neighborhood precincts to be open and for all voters to be mailed an absentee ballot application (instead of an absentee ballot) for…

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Governor Reopens Coronavirus Special Enrollment Period

Governor Larry Hogan has reopened the special enrollment period for health insurance until December 15.  The special enrollment period first launched in March and was extended to July 15 as part of Governor Larry Hogan’s COVID-19 State of Emergency Order over the coronavirus pandemic. During that time more than 54,000 Marylanders enrolled in coverage. With the reopening, Maryland is now offering the longest coronavirus emergency-related special enrollment period in the nation. From Nottingham MD: To…

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Montgomery Rescinds Order Prohibiting In-Person Classes At Nonpublic Schools

Reemphasizing the need to protect the health and safety of Montgomery County residents as well as parents, students, teachers and staff from the spread of COVID-19, County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles today announced that he has rescinded his health order that prohibited nonpublic schools from opening for in-person instruction until after Oct. 1, 2020. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the County, whose public schools will be remote offerings for the coming semester, recently…

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