Frederick Dedicates $2.5M in CARES Funds to Support Schools

Frederick County and The City of Frederick are partnering to provide more than $3 million in relief to Frederick County Public Schools to help cover costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be used for food distributions, costs associated with virtual and in-person learning, and safety measures such as personal protective equipment and enhanced air filters. “Supporting the educational needs of our children is essential if we are to deliver on the promise…

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As Pandemic Rages On, Montgomery Acts to Protect Residents

Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles announced that effective at 5:00 pm today, indoor gatherings of more than ten people are prohibited and face coverings are required at all times outdoors and indoors in public facilities. The new provision does not apply to businesses, establishments, and facilities that are permitted to operate as outlined in Executive Order 122-20, which permits up to 25 percent occupancy or 25 people, whichever is lower. Outdoor gatherings of…

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Public Defender: Push Back More Misdemeanor Court Cases

Maryland Public Defender Paul DeWolfe has called on the Judiciary to delay more cases, due to COVID concerns. The Public Defender has issued a letter to Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, arguing that the State's return to heightened restrictions due to coronavirus spread should also trigger a delay in a wide swath of District Court proceedings. The request follows a Judiciary ruling that a variety of jury trials be postponed for similar reasons. From coverage…

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Hogan Deploys State Police to Assist with COVID-19 Compliance

Governor Larry Hogan and Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced a series of actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Maryland. Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the Maryland State Police will expand its COVID-19 Compliance and Coordination Center and deploy "High Visibility Compliance Units" across Maryland, with additional troopers assigned in each county to work in partnership with local governments to investigate reports of violations of state law. Governor Hogan emphasized the…

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State Announces $19 Million in Eviction Prevention Partnership Grants to Counties

Governor Larry Hogan announced today that 17 local jurisdictions will receive a total of $19.3 million to help struggling families retain their housing during the pandemic. Funds come from the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and are awarded to counties through the Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership. The awards will supplement existing resources, and allow counties to help more than 3,600 households through rental assistance programs. “Maryland has continued to be a national leader…

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Harford Names Dr. David Bishai as County Health Officer
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Harford Names Dr. David Bishai as County Health Officer

Harford County has named Dr. David Bishai as the new County health officer, following the retirement of Dr. Russell Moy in September. Dr. David Bishai has been appointed as Harford County's new health officer following recommendations from the County Council and will officially begin his duties on January 1, 2021. Bishai hops to continue the success of Harford County's Health Department, as it is "one of only a few accredited health departments in the nation,"…

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Howard to Host First FY 22 Resident’s Budget Hearing

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball will hold his first Resident’s Budget Hearing for the FY 22 budget cycle on Wednesday, December 9 at 6:00 pm. This year’s budget hearing will be held virtually and can be watched live from the County Council’s streaming website. "This year has been unprecedented in many ways, and our upcoming budget season will be no exception. The ongoing pandemic has caused serious economic consequences and challenges for our fiscal outlook,"…

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Comptroller to Unemployment Insurance Recipients: Prepare for Higher Tax Bill

Comptroller Peter Franchot is urging Maryland taxpayers who are collecting unemployment insurance to plan for the potential loss of Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) that they would normally receive. The EITC is a benefit for people with low-to-moderate-incomes. Taxpayers who meet all of the federal requirements may be eligible for a Maryland credit up to half of the federal EITC, but not greater than the state income tax. While unemployment insurance is taxable, it is…

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Howard Announces CARES Act Spending Dashboard

Howard County announced the launch of a dashboard that will track spending of its allocated CARES Act funding. The dashboard will track the County's actual and projected spending as the December 30 federal deadline for expending funds approaches. From the press release: “We believe it’s imperative that the federal government act to provide an additional round of stimulus funding to local governments as we endure another spike in cases,” said Ball. “We are confident that…

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