County Health Benefits Extend Reach Beyond Standard Health Insurance

Access MACo's annual survey for insurance rates and coverage information for county employees and county government retirees throughout Maryland. The fiscal 2019 survey of county government health benefits is available. This survey compiles county-by-county information regarding insurance options that county employers provide to their employees in each county in Maryland, Baltimore City, and the Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission. The health benefits survey includes detailed health insurance information about deductibles, co-pays, and maximums…

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Conduit Street Podcast: 2019 Session Preview

MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play Music by searching Conduit Street Podcast. You can also listen on our Conduit Street blog with a recap and link to the podcast. You can listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website.

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2018 Legislative Handbook Series – An Indispensable Reference

The Department of Legislative Services has released its quadrennial Legislative Handbook Series, a deep and useful reference series that encapsulates nearly every issue of government at the state and local level. The series may be downloaded or viewed online for free at the links below: Legislative Handbook Series: Vol 1 – Legislators Handbook Vol 2 – Government Services Vol 3 – Revenue Structure Vol 4 – Budget Process Vol 5 – Personnel, Pensions & Procurement…

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State Unemployment Rate Ticks Down

Driven by strong gains in the professional and business services industry, Maryland's unemployment rate fell slightly to 4 percent in November, from 4.1 percent the month before, according to recent statistics from the United States Department of Labor. According to The Baltimore Sun: Unemployment is also lower than a year ago, but still not as low as the national unemployment rate of 3.7 percent, which was unchanged from the month before The state added 7,900…

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County Pensions Come in Different Packages

MACo's Annual Survey of county employee pensions reveals the variety of ways that county employers provide benefits to their civilian and public safety employees, including participation in the State's Pension Systems. Maryland's county governments continue to provide a high level of benefits - both in health insurance, and in retirement options - to their employees. This year's annual pension benefit survey reveals the many ways that counties provide these increasingly rare forms of compensation to…

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A Legal Eye on Medical Cannabis for County Employers

Maryland's Association of County Human Resources Officers hosts a conversation on the implications of medical cannabis use and personnel policies featuring a labor law expert. Bert Randall, Jr., President of Franklin & Prokopik will join a panel discussion at MACo's Witner Conference on medical cannabis, lending insight to issues that may be faced by county human resources officers. Randall is a trial attorney concentrating in complex matters involving employment, tort liability and business litigation. Outside of…

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Hogan Taps Kelly Schulz to Lead Department of Commerce
Kelly M. Schulz Secretary, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (photo courtesy of DLLR)
Hogan Taps Kelly Schulz to Lead Department of Commerce

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the appointment of Kelly M. Schulz as secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce. Schulz currently serves as secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR). Secretary Schulz, whose nomination is subject to Senate confirmation, will replace Secretary R. Michael Gill, who will return to the private sector after leading Commerce —formerly the Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) — since Hogan took office in 2015. James…

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Q&A with Pensions Expert Linda Herman

Linda, welcome and good to speak with you today. We are so happy that you could take the time for this exchange. You wear two hats with regard to pensions - you are a county pension plan executive and you are a representative of county governments on the State Pension Board. You have presented on topics in pensions at MACo’s Conferences and before the MACo Board and Legislative Committee. It is good to have you…

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National Economy Chugs Along, More Jobs Added in November

The additional of 155,000 new jobs shows continued economic progress, but falls below estimates.  The US Bureau of Labor Statistics released job statistics from November this morning, stating, Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 155,000 in November, and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in health care, in manufacturing, and in transportation and warehousing. See the full press release from the Bureau…

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Preview the 2019 Session “Big Picture”

A compilation of Issue Papers previews major fiscal and policy issues facing the General Assembly in the year ahead. This resource is a handy guide to the top issues that your legislators will be tackling in the year ahead – a great preparation document for county officials in advance of meetings with their local Delegations. Developed by the Department of Legislative Services, the 2019 Issue Papers are an annual staple for the Annapolis policy-inclined population.…

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