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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Maryland Board of Public Works – December 2, 2020 Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works (BPW) reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have an effect on county governments. The BPW is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot. It meets on alternating Wednesdays and the meetings are open to the public. The meeting will be held in Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis. Note: In light of the COVID-19 epidemic,…

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Talbot, Feds Partner to Improve Coastal Infrastructure

Talbot County is partnering with federal agencies to deliver more than $2.8 million in funding for local infrastructure projects aimed at reducing the impacts of flooding. Last week, members of Maryland's congressional delegation announced that $1,436,701 in federal funds from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Coastal Resilience Fund to support coastal infrastructure projects in the Town of Oxford. The County will offer a further $1,437,959 in matching funds to support the projects. The…

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Learn About the Importance of Keeping Communities Connected

Don’t miss MACo’s Winter Series session on keeping communities connected. MACo’s Winter Series includes content directly aimed at solving common governance and administrative challenges. In our current atmosphere, learn about strategies and initiatives that can keep communities in your county connected. Comcast, a MACo Gold Corporate Partner, will host a pre-recorded session on connectivity strategies you can use for your county. Register for MACo’s Winter Series to attend the session. Connecting Communities During COVID-19 and…

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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
Dr. David Bishai (Courtesy: https://twitter.com/dbishai)
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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MACo Thanks Natasha Mehu, Pursuing New Opportunities

Natasha Mehu, Esq. MACo congratulates Natasha Mehu, who after nearly seven years with MACo will pursue exciting new professional opportunities. A visible and outgoing leader of MACo's ever-present policy team, Natasha Mehu will be leaving this month to pursue other professional opportunities. Ms. Mehu has led MACo's policy team as Legislative Director, and has worked most closely with the Maryland Association of County Health Officers, the Maryland Correctional Administrators Association, and most recently MACo's County…

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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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