Bookmark This Cheatsheet for Submitting Testimony in #MDGA21

It's not breaking news, but testimony will be given virtually this year for those involved in Maryland's 90 days of law-making. This post serves as an easy index for everything you need to submit testimony in 2021. The information covered in this post is subject to change at any time. We'll update it to the best of our abilities, but PLEASE double-check on the MGA site itself - witness and testimony guidelines can be found…

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Top Issues of 2021 Session: Elections: Funding Fairness and County Role

With the 2021 Legislative Session rapidly approaching, MACo is profiling some major issues that stand to gather attention in the General Assembly’s work. Here, we preview potential reforms to the administration, procedures, and financing of elections in Maryland. Counties administer and fund elections at the local level, overseeing polling places and coordinating poll workers every two years. In order to mitigate public health and safety concerns amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Larry Hogan and the…

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Congress Strikes Deal on $900B COVID-19 Relief Package, Will Extend CRF Spending Deadline

After months of gridlock, Congress today struck a deal on a nearly $900 billion COVID-19 relief package that includes an 11-week extension of federal unemployment benefits, $600 direct payments to Americans based on income, and additional funding for businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program. According to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the measure will temporarily extend a federal eviction moratorium, which is set to expire at the end of this month. The bill will also…

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MACo Installs 2021 Board of Directors

MACo's 2021 leadership were installed virtually on December 18, with Caroline County Commissioner Wilbur Levengood taking the reins as President. MACo's Board of Directors is normally installed at the Inaugural Banquet at the organization's Winter Conference. With the 2020 in-person conference being cancelled due to concerns around the coronavirus pandemic, MACo held their business meeting and Board installation virtually this year. More than 50 elected officials and employees joined the meeting to approve the Association's…

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Bipartisan Stimulus Package Emerges As Key Deadline Nears

A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers today unveiled a $908 billion stimulus package that aims to break a longstanding logjam on COVID-19 relief. The package is split into two bills, one of which contains needed relief for state and local governments on the front lines of the public health crisis. The first bill -- a $748 billion package designed to incorporate proposals with broad support on both sides of the aisle -- would extend unemployment…

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State Bumps Up Revenue Projections, Marylanders Still Suffering

Despite an uptick in revenues, Maryland's lowest wage earners and small businesses bearing the economic impact of COVID-19. The Board of Revenue Estimates (BRE) on Friday bumped up revenue projections for FY 2021 by 0.3 percent to $18.8 billion, representing a $64 million increase from the September estimates. The Board also revised the projection for FY 2022 to $19.8 billion, representing a 0.7 percent, or $143 million increase above the September estimates. The three-member panel,…

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The 2021 County Government Salary Survey Is Here!

The Maryland Association of Counties salary survey includes over 120 county government positions, including elected, appointed, and management staff.  Every year, MACo collects information on salaries, benefits, and pensions of county government employees to MACo. The data shared forms the basis for the annual salary survey. Find links below to each portion of the 2021 survey. Complete Report of County Employee Salaries, Health Benefits & Pensions County Employee Salaries County Employee Health Benefits County Employee…

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Last Chance to Nominate a County Champion! MACo Awards Deadline is Dec 4

MACo’s County Champion Award series celebrates innovative county programs and county leaders who demonstrate extraordinary public service. Nominations are due December 4, 2020. Every year, MACo – in partnership with the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance – seeks to celebrate those county leaders and programs making exceptional contributions to Maryland counties. 2020 has been a year like no other, but as always, Maryland counties have…

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