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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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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Maryland Census Celebrates Champions

The Maryland Census has developed a new initiative known as Census Champions to celebrate individuals or groups who have gone above and beyond to promote the census in their community. Census Champions are selected from nominations submitted to the Maryland Census office, and recipients are posted on their website. Here are some of the recipients: For more information on Maryland 2020 Census Champions, or to make a nomination, visit the Maryland Census website.

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Montgomery Mulls Removing Police from Traffic Enforcement

Council Member has called for a study to determine whether traffic enforcement responsibilities can be shifted from the police department to other county agencies. The effort, spearheaded by Council Member Hans Reimer, follows a recent report by the Montgomery County Office of Legislative Oversight finding racial disparities in police enforcement and nationwide discussions on the scope of law enforcement accountability and responsibility. The Washington Post reports: Montgomery appears to be the only jurisdiction in the…

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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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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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Worcester Preserves an Additional 1,800 Acres

This summer Worcester County has conserved an additional 1,801 acres of land through permanent easements. Worcester County Environmental Programs (WCEP) professionals, in partnership with the Board of Public Works have added three new easements, two of which are located in the Dividing Creek Rural Legacy Area (RLA) and one in the Coastal Bays RLA. The preservation projects represent a $1.8 million investment in permanent land preservation. “Preserving and protecting contiguous, productive, and valuable farm and…

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