Howard Introduces Electric School Bus Pilot Program, Supports Environmental Commitment
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Howard Introduces Electric School Bus Pilot Program, Supports Environmental Commitment

Howard County Public School System is introducing two electric buses in a pilot program supported by a grant from the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) and in partnership with bus contractor MBG Enterprises and BGE. The two zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) school buses and charging stations will replace current diesel powered vehicles in Howard County. The $812,377 pilot grant is supported by an MDE grant as well as funds from project partners MBG Enterprises, an…

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Department of Planning Announces School Enrollment Projections, Large Enrollment Boost Expected

The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) projects public school enrollment will see a large increase over the next few years. Planning uses Grade Succession Ratio methodology to prepare school enrollment projections, which requires historical data for each political subdivision on the number of live births and number of children enrolled in public school by grade. Projections for the next 10 years (2020-2029) show most of the growth occuring from 2020 to 2022, with "moderate growth…

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St. Mary’s Takes Action to Advance Equity in Public Safety, Education, and Health

St. Mary's Health Officer, Sheriff, and Superintendent of Schools have joined forces to issue a resolution and establish a task force to advance equity in their agencies and in the county. The announcement recognizes the connections between public health, public safety, and public education; the commitment the agencies have for achieving equity and racial justice, and the importance of addressing disparities relating to socioeconomic status, geographical area, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender or racial/ethnic group.…

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MACo Summer Series Update: Partner Sessions Announced!

MACo's Summer Series begins today, July 1, and we've got even more content to share! As part of our 9 week virtual series, we'll also be featuring educational content from our valued Corporate Partners and Endorsement Partners! Our Corporate Partners and Endorsement Partners are experts in their fields, and through them we'll learn best practices and hear first hand experiences on an array of topics, from COVID-19's impact on local government, to telehealth, to budget…

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Baltimore City Announces Small Business Rebate Program

Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young today announced a grant program that will allow restaurants to submit applications for reimbursement of permit fees associated with starting or expanding outdoor seating capacity. The Small Business Rebate Program is the latest effort in Mayor Young's Outdoor Seating Relief Program and Outdoor Dining and Street Closure Program. Through the rebate program, restaurants are eligible to receive grants to help reimburse all of the permitting costs associated with…

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Franchot Says He Will Oppose Proposal to Slash County Disparity Grants
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot
Franchot Says He Will Oppose Proposal to Slash County Disparity Grants

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is poised to oppose several of Governor Larry Hogan's proposed budget cuts to account for increased spending and reduced revenues amid the COVID-19 public health crisis. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Board of Public Works -- a three-member panel which includes Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Nancy Kopp -- tomorrow will consider $672 million in state budget cuts as part of the Department of Budget and…

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Hogan Announces $210 Million for Remote Learning and Targeted Tutoring

Governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent Karen Salmon announced $210 million in additional funding to ensure that more students are able to access remote learning and expand targeted tutoring initiatives for at-risk students. $100 million will be made available to local school systems to ensure students have access to devices and connectivity. $100 million will be allocated to implement tutoring and learning programs targeted to help students at-risk. $10 million will be used for the…

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Montgomery County’s Minimum Wage to Increase on July 1

The minimum wage in Montgomery County will increase on July 1. As previously reported on Conduit Street, Montgomery County's minimum wage will rise the minimum wage incrementally, each July 1, until it reaches $15 per hour in 2022. The number of workers employed by the business will determine the amount of the increase. The County’s minimum wage will rise to $14 for employers with 51 or more employees and $13.25 for employers with 50 or…

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Reminder: SDAT’s 2020 Annual Business Filings Due in Two Weeks

2020 Annual Reports and/or Personal Property Tax Returns must be filed for all domestic and foreign business entities with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) by Wednesday, July 15. As previously reported on Conduit Street, SDAT in March announced that the 2020 deadline to submit Annual Reports and Personal Property Tax Returns would be automatically extended to July 15 as part of the Hogan administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Expiration dates for…

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State Audit of Howard County Public Schools Commences This Week

A state-led audit of the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) will commence this week. The audit, which will be conducted independently by the Maryland State Department of Education, is meant to ensure that County expenditures are being spent sensibly and effectively. The Howard County Council last July voted unanimously to approve an amended version of County Executive Calvin Ball’s resolution calling for a state audit of HCPSS. Council Resolution 108-2019 calls on the Maryland…

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