McCray to Chair Baltimore City Senate Delegation
Second Chance panel from Left to Right: Melissa Jones-Harris, Michael Piercy, Delegate McCray, Carnitra White, Ernestine, Caryn York
McCray to Chair Baltimore City Senate Delegation

Senator Cory McCray on Friday was elected Chair of the Baltimore City Senate Delegation. Senator McCray -- who was elected to the 45th District Senate seat in 2018 after serving four years in the House of Delegates -- is a member of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. According to Maryland Matters: “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead our delegation over the next two years,” McCray said in a statement. “In our…

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NG911 Commission Meets to Finalize 2020 Recommendations

The Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) Across Maryland this week will meet virtually to vote on subcommittee recommendations relating to staffing and training; technology and cybersecurity; oversight and accountability; and funding and structure. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 across Maryland, a 2018 MACo Legislative Initiative, was established to update state laws and the 9-1-1 financing system to provide the flexibility and resources needed for the deployment…

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Hogan Announces Staff Appointments

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that Chris Shank has been named as director of external affairs and interagency initiatives and current press secretary Shareese Churchill will take on additional responsibility as deputy director of interagency communications. Shank, in his new role, will manage relationships with external stakeholders to promote engagement with administration initiatives and identify strategic partnerships, and oversee a portfolio of multi-agency efforts. From Hogan's press release: “I could not be more pleased to…

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Feds Bless SALT Cap Workaround for Pass-Through Businesses

The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today released a notice regarding proposed regulations to clarify that state and local income taxes (SALT) imposed on pass-through entities (PTE) are not subject to the $10,000 cap on SALT deductions, which applies only to individuals. The SALT deduction allows taxpayers, as part of their itemized deductions, to subtract state and local income, sales, and property taxes from their federal tax payment. Congress in 2017 capped…

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Hogan Extends State of Emergency, Catastrophic Health Emergency

Governor Larry Hogan today renewed his declaration of a state of emergency and catastrophic health emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the declaration of a state of emergency and existence of a catastrophic public health emergency on March 5, 2020, there have been nearly 143,000 laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and more than 3,900 related deaths in Maryland. Under Public Safety Article Section 14-107 of Maryland law, the governor has broad powers and access to certain resources…

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MD Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $800k for Housing Counseling Services

Members of Maryland's congressional delegation have announced $793,828 to expand housing-related counseling. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development FY2020 Supplemental Housing Counseling Grant Program and will be used for housing-related counseling, including financial literacy, property maintenance and fiscal management services. From the press release: "The pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis have created significant financial hardship for many across our state. This latest federal funding effort will help strengthen…

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Hogan Weighs In on Statewide Ballot Questions
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Hogan Weighs In on Statewide Ballot Questions

Governor Larry Hogan yesterday announced his position on two statewide ballot measures up for consideration by Maryland voters on the November 3 ballot. Governor Hogan opposes Question 1, a constitutional amendment which would authorize the General Assembly, in enacting a balanced budget bill for fiscal year 2024 and each fiscal year thereafter, to increase, diminish, or add items -- provided that the General Assembly may not exceed the total proposed budget as submitted by the…

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9-1-1 Commission Convenes to Consider Legislative Recommendations

The Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) Across Maryland this week will meet virtually to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on 9-1-1 operations, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and subcommittee recommendations related to staffing, cybersecurity, oversight, and funding. The Commission’s deliberations will be live-streamed in compliance with Maryland’s Open Meetings law:                           Thursday, October 22, 2020         11:00…

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