Capital Debt Affordability Committee Sets Agenda for First Meeting Amid Quirky Year

Maryland’s Capital Debt Affordability Committee will meet for the first of three days on October 11 to set the State’s capital debt limits for Fiscal Year 2024. The Capital Debt Affordability Committee (CDAC), chaired by State Treasurer Derick Davis, will meet on October 11, 14, and 19, 2022, to discuss the State’s fiscal health and consider the limit on new state capital debt for the next fiscal year. Maryland is in a particularly interesting position this…

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Jobs are Up, But Unemployment is Up…So What’s Up?

In August, Maryland added 5,500 jobs, yet the unemployment rate jumped to 4.3%. New preliminary data released on September 16 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that last month Maryland added 5,500 jobs, while the unemployment rate climbed to 4.3%. The BLS jobless report states: In August, 16 states had over-the-month unemployment rate increases, the largest of which were in Connecticut, Maryland, and New York (+0.4 percentage point each).…

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$1.5M in ARPA Funds from Washington County Support Nonprofits

Washington County has allocated $1.5 million of American Rescue Plan Act funding to create and implement the Community Recovery Nonprofit Grant Program. The Washington County Office of Grant Management has created a new grant program to assist eligible local nonprofit organizations impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency. The County has allocated $1.5 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to create and implement the Community Recovery Nonprofit Grant Program. The grant program is…

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State Closes with $2B Surplus, School Construction to Get Boost

Maryland again closed the Fiscal Year with a revenue surplus -- this time of $2 billion -- which will in-part boost State funding of school construction and capital projects. At the September 14 meeting of the Board of Public Works (BPW), Comptroller Peter Franchot announced that Maryland has closed its books on Fiscal Year 2022 with a revenue surplus of $2 billion in its General Fund, marking the second year in a row that the State’s…

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Sept. 14 Board of Public Works Meeting: Here’s What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) — a three-member panel including Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Dereck Davis — reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies, many of which affect county governments. The BPW considered and approved the following requests and recommendations at its meeting on September 14, 2022: Anne Arundel County A request from the Maryland Stadium Authority for approval to award the Guaranteed Maximum Price Package #3…

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Board of Public Works: September 14 Meeting Agenda

The Board of Public Works — a three-member panel including Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Dereck Davis — reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies, many of which affect county governments. It typically convenes on alternating Wednesdays in the Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis, and meetings are open to the public. The Board’s next meeting is Wednesday, September 14, 2022, at…

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Maryland Marks 12,000 Registered Apprentices, Signifying Growing Importance to Economy

Maryland has officially reached more than 12,000 registered apprentices currently "earning and learning" in the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program, marking the highest number of active apprentices ever in state history. There are currently over 12,000 apprentices registered across Maryland’s 182 active apprenticeship programs that partner with 3,879 employers around the state. Apprenticeships are full-time jobs that include on-the-job training and classroom instruction, allowing apprentices to "earn while they learn." The Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program…

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eMaryland Marketplace Helps Counties Simplify Procurement

The Maryland Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement's e-procurement system and specialized website features state-of-the-art procurement technology and simplifies county procurement to save time and money. In 2019, the Department of General Services (DGS) partnered with Nitor, a procurement services firm focused on spend management, to implement the state's new e-procurement system, eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA). Now fully implemented, eMMA allows buyers to collaborate with vendors from the bidding and contracting process all the…

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August 31 Board of Public Works Meeting: Here’s What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) — a three-member panel including Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Dereck Davis — reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies, many of which affect county governments. The BPW considered and approved the following requests and recommendations at its meeting on August 31, 2022: Allegany County A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $13,123 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure…

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State Center Complex Will be Transferred to Baltimore City

Currently, the State Center Complex houses over 3,000 state employees, 12 agencies, and oversees many of the state's governmental functions.  At the August 31 Board of Public Works (BPW) meeting, Lieutenant Governor Boyd K. Rutherford announced that the State of Maryland plans to transfer the State Center Complex to Baltimore City for future redevelopment as it sees fit. The State Center Complex is a 28 acre development near Eutaw Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard…

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