Hogan “Furious” about Bay Bridge Repair Project Backups

Governor Hogan has demanded the Maryland Department of Transportation to take every single effort to complete the Bay Bridge work project as soon as possible. The project has led to serious traffic backups causing trouble for both commuters and locals. From Maryland Matter's coverage: Under the governor’s order: — contractors will work 24 hours a day on the project; — engineers will search for time-saving changes, such as faster-drying concrete; — Bay Bridge toll booths…

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MACo Seeks Policy Fellow for 2020 General Assembly Session

The Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) is seeking a Policy Fellow to assist the Executive Director and staff during the 2020 Maryland General Assembly Session. The Policy Fellow will be considered a member of the MACo policy team and will work closely under their mentorship to support the advocacy efforts of the team. In turn, the Policy Fellow will learn first-hand about a range of policy issues affecting local governments and the advocacy process in…

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Winter #MACoCon Details Are Here – View the Registration Brochure

MACo's Winter Conference, "Building for the Future," will be held on December 4-6, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, MD. Government and private sector leaders will gather in Dorchester County to discuss how we can work together to build a strong foundation for the changes to come. View the Registration Brochure to see the full schedule, along with session titles and descriptions. Join 700+ participants to focus on county governance challenges and…

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State, Local Officials Mourn the Loss of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings

Representative Elijah Cummings, longstanding champion for the city of Baltimore and the State of Maryland, passed away early this morning at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 68 years old. Cummings represented Maryland's 7th Congressional District for 23 years. A former trial attorney, he became a national figure in January of this year when he was appointed as chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has ordered flags at…

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Howard to Expand Pickleball Courts as Demand Skyrockets

One of the fastest-growing sports in the country requires a court and a net. And, no, it's not tennis or badminton, it's pickleball. In order to meet the growing demand, Howard County’s Department of Recreation & Parks (HCRP) will add six pickleball courts to Alpha Ridge Park. A paddle sport played on a badminton-sized court with a slightly modified tennis net, the County began offering pickleball programs in the summer of 2014. “I want to…

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Joint Task Force Sets Focus on Medicaid Inmate Exclusion and Health Care in Jails

Addressing the Medicaid Inmate Exclusion was the top order of business at the Task Force's October meeting. The National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) join task force on inmate health care and recidivism recently met to discuss the Medicaid Inmate Exclusion and ways to advocate for change. This federal policy removes Medicaid health and veteran benefits from individuals as soon as they are admitted to jail -- even if they…

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Local Bill Aims to Close “Teardown Loophole” in Montgomery County

Montgomery County Council Member Evan Glass yesterday introduced the Housing Impact Fairness Act –– legislation aimed at raising money for affordable housing and school construction –– by closing the "teardown loophole.” https://twitter.com/MoCoCouncilMD/status/1184210415636615171 The bill would create an excise tax on the demolition or partial demolition (i.e., "teardown") of single-family homes and expand the applicability of the development impact tax for public school improvements. Council Member Glass says the proposal would raise $100 million over the next…

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Frederick Announces 2021 Community Partnership Grant Program

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner this week announced the opening of the application process for the FY21 Community Partnership Grant program. The program awards competitive grants to non-profit organizations serving the needs of county residents. “I am proud to restore our long-standing partnerships with our local human service nonprofit providers,” County Executive Gardner said. “Together, we leverage our efforts to provide effective services and to make sure everyone shares in our community’s prosperity.” According to…

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Staples Asks Supreme Court to Weigh In on Maryland Tax Dispute

Office-supply retailer Staples Inc. last week asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review its long-standing legal battle with Maryland over the state’s claim that the retail giant owes it $14 million in back taxes. Staples Inc., based in Massachusetts, argues that Maryland's taxation of franchise fees paid by the retailer's Maryland stores violates the Constitution's Due Process and Interstate Commerce clauses. The dispute centers around whether or not franchise fee payments received from Staples' Maryland…

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Kirwan Formula Work Group Done: County Costs $1.227B Above “Current Trend”

The Formula Funding Work Group, created to inform the Kirwan Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, issued its recommendations. The bottom line to counties: fully fund the "local share" (as implied by local wealth) of the full range of new state programs - phased in to total $9.3 billion by FY 2030. The Formula Funding Work Group, after working for months toward recommendations on the financial mechanics of the Kirwan Commission vision, completed its…

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