Congressman Trone Secures $33 Million for Sixth District Community Projects

Congressman David Trone has helped secure $32,704,877 in funding for projects across Maryland's sixth congressional district, creating new jobs, delivering much-needed resources to Sixth District communities, and restoring neglected infrastructure. The Congressman requested and received funding for 15 projects in the 2023 fiscal year. He described the process for identifying project recipients across the sixth district, encompassing the westernmost portion of the state, in a press release: “As a businessman, I know how vital it is to…

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Baltimore City Aims to House 1,000 Homeless Families Through Fed Partnership

Baltimore City is partnering with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) for an initiative entitled "House America: An All-Hands-On-Deck Effort to Address the Nation’s Homelessness Crisis." House America will use American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to promote a Housing First approach, immediately rehousing and creating a pipeline to build additional housing for people experiencing homelessness. For the 2022 calendar year, the City…

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State to Distribute $198 Million in Small Business Relief

Maryland was the first state to submit a State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). deployment plan to the United States Treasury Department, and was one of the first five states to be approved. Maryland will allocate up to $198 million in federal small business relief through the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). That federal initiative was established by Congress in 2010 to provide loans and investments to underserved small businesses. The SSBCI received a $10…

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COVID Roundup: Maryland’s Counties Remain Committed to Protecting Residents as Cases Rise

Across the state, the Maryland Department of Health's COVID-19 Data Dashboard details a noticeable uptick in COVID-19 cases, with a 7-day positivity rate of 8.12% and 2,770 new cases reported within the last 24 hours as of the morning of May 19th. Maryland's counties have remained active in combatting any potential surges. Some specific actions taken by our counties include the following: Anne Arundel has requested residents wear masks indoors, get boosted, and receive testing…

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Carroll to Host First Transit Talk

Carroll Transit System (CTS), in collaboration with Ride With Us, Inc., will host the first Transit Talk on Wednesday, June 8. All local interested parties are invited to a free information session on the various transit options available in Carroll County. The event will take place from 9 am – 2 pm at the Carroll County Ag Center Shipley Arena in Westminster and includes a light breakfast and lunch. According to the County press release:…

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Michael Sanderson on Center Maryland’s Podcast, The Lobby

Catch Michael Sanderson on Center Maryland's podcast, The Lobby. Damian O'Doherty, host of Center Maryland's The Lobby, invited MACo Executive Director Michael Sanderson to be a guest on this week's podcast. Learn more about the episode and listen below: In episode 31 of The Lobby, in celebration of Conduit Street Podcast’s recent achievement in reaching 1,000 followers, Damian jumps all the way in on county politics. Guest Michael Sanderson of the Maryland Association of Counties…

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Baltimore City Introduces SMART Policing Efficiency Initiative

Today, Baltimore City unveiled its Strategic Management & Alternative Response Tactics (SMART) initiative focusing on the intelligent deployment of law enforcement resources to more effectively combat violent crime. The initiative includes: Providing Alternatives to the Baltimore City Police Department (BPD) – BPD will dispatch alternative responses, including social workers and third-party vendors, to certain non-emergency call types directly and discontinue dispatching to officers. Traffic Accident Management – The city will engage a third-party vendor to respond to…

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Frederick Approves Budget: Cuts Taxes, Invests in Schools, Public Safety, Core Services

The Frederick County Council adopted a $792 million operating budget and a $215 million capital budget for the next fiscal year. The fiscal 2023 operating and capital budgets, proposed by County Executive Jan Gardner, invest in education, public safety, core services, libraries, school construction, and more. Funding for education and public safety makes up about 70 percent of the operating budget. While the operating budget increases approximately 10 percent over the current fiscal year, the…

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Montgomery’s Rent Cap Expires

On Sunday, May 15th, Montgomery County's cap on rent increases established by Council Bill #30-21E - Landlord-Tenant Relations - Restrictions During Emergencies - Extended Limitations Against Rent Increases and Late Fees expired.  Council Member Will Jawando introduced the law intended to assist struggling residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, capping rent increases throughout the county for 90 days, beginning on February 14, 2022. The law prohibited landlords from increasing rents beyond the county's voluntary rent guidelines, set…

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