Baltimore City Awards $6.6M to Nonprofits Supporting Vulnerable Communities

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott announced the second round of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant awards from the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Programs (MORP) to nonprofit organizations serving families, youth, and vulnerable communities throughout the City of Baltimore. The awards – totaling just over $6.6 million – span the Scott Administration’s priority pillars outlined in the Mayor’s Action Plan, including building public safety, equitable neighborhood development, prioritizing youth, and clean and healthy communities. Last…

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Dorchester Contemplates Staffing of Police Oversight Boards

On Tuesday, August 2nd, the Dorchester County Council will seek out a staffing agency to fill out its police oversight committees and boards. Under the Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2022, each county in Maryland is required to establish an administrative charging committee (ACC), police accountability board (PAB), and trial board. ACCs receive complaints of police misconduct and determine levels of punishment, whereas PABs and trial boards hear appeals of any recommended punishment. Council Member…

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Nationwide, Counties Prepare for Influx of Opioid Settlement Funds

Counties are preparing to spend millions of dollars from settlements reached with Johnson and Johnson and the nation's largest opioid medication distributors. A recent National Association of Counties article highlights the many opioid-related needs counties seek to address. In Maryland, nearly every county signed an agreement with the state to distribute its almost $400 million settlement award. At present, funds have yet to be disbursed due to uncertainty surrounding a consent judgment at the federal…

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Board of Public Works: July 27 Meeting Agenda

The Board of Public Works — a three-member panel including Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Dereck Davis — reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies, many of which affect county governments. It typically convenes on alternating Wednesdays in the Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis, and meetings are open to the public. The Board’s next meeting is Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at…

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Baltimore City Awards $3.4M in COVID Relief to 120 Local Nonprofits

Baltimore City's additional $3.4 million in COVID-19 relief funds comes as the next round of distributions made through the City’s $8.3 million investment into the Baltimore Civic Fund’s Nonprofit Relief Fund, first announced last November. On July 20, Mayor Brandon M. Scott and the Baltimore Civic Fund announced $3.4 million in additional pandemic relief funding for nonprofit organizations serving Baltimore residents. 120 Baltimore nonprofit organizations will receive grant awards of up to $50,000, made available…

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$10M in Rural Economic Development Grants Available for Western Maryland

A total of $10 million in state grants is available for Western Maryland via the Rural Maryland Economic Development Fund for projects benefiting the region.  The Washington County Office of Grant Management is now accepting eligible projects to  for funding through the Rural Maryland Economic Development Fund, a grant program is funded by the Maryland Department of Commerce through a partnership with the State’s five tri-county councils serving the rural regions of Maryland. Those councils will coordinate…

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New Tool Calculates COVID Learning Loss in MD School Districts, 8K Nationwide

A new tool from the Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University calculates COVID learning loss and the cost of catching kids up in 8,000 school districts across the country. It is widely accepted that school kids across the United States suffered great learning loss throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as schools were closed for in-person learning. The switch to virtual and hybrid learning left many kids struggling, whether due to a lack of resources and internet access,…

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Local Management Boards Get Needed Boost in Funding

MACo worked during the 2022 legislative session to help secure increased funding for local management boards. The State increased funding for the awards this year by $4.5 million, including $1.5 million for local care team coordinators who ensure that youth with intensive needs receive the appropriate services.  On July 8, the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services awarded $23 million in funding for local management boards (LMBs) in support of children and families across…

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Can’t Miss at #MACoCon: Sticker Shock! Adjusting for Inflation

Inflation is at a 40-year high, driving up costs for capital projects and routine service delivery. In addition, the tight labor market means county governments are boosting salaries, which puts upward pressure on pension costs. And the looming potential of a recession only adds to the uncertainty. At the MACo Summer Conference, an expert panel will present a detailed economic outlook, share best practices for planning, budgeting, and forecasting, and discuss strategies for how counties…

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