Mayor Scott Appoints Dana P. Moore as Baltimore’s First Chief Equity Officer
Dana P. Moore (photo courtesy of Baltimore City)
Mayor Scott Appoints Dana P. Moore as Baltimore’s First Chief Equity Officer

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott today announced the appointment of current Acting City Solicitor, Dana P. Moore, to serve as the City's first Chief Equity Officer, a cabinet-level position. As Chief Equity Officer, Moore will work closely with the Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer to ensure city government operates through a framework of equity across all agencies, boards, and commissions. She will help city agencies shape their equity platforms, offer guidance, and ensure compliance with…

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MD General Assembly Posts Pre-Filed Bill List

The Maryland General Assembly Senate and House pre-filed bill lists are now available on the General Assembly website. Although the list of pre-file bills are available, there is no bill text at this time. Currently, readers are able to view the bill title, sponsor, and committee assignment. As of today, there are 780 total House and Senate pre-filed bills and resolutions listed on the website. This will be updated to reflect updates on the General…

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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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What’s In It For Me? The True ROI of a Bulletproof Benefit Program

Don’t miss MACo’s Winter Series session on how to build a benefits program that will be the top tool in your recruitment and retention toolbox. MACo’s Winter Series includes content directly aimed at solving common governance and administrative challenges. This session will focus on benefits administration and employee engagement. American Fidelity, a MACo Endorsement Partner, will host this LIVE session to share valuable insights and answer YOUR questions. Can't make the live session but have…

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Preview the 2021 Session “Big Picture”

A compilation of Issue Papers previews major fiscal and policy issues facing the General Assembly in the year ahead. This year’s report also includes a special section devoted to issues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. This resource is a handy guide to the top issues that your legislators will be tackling in 2021 – a great preparation document for county officials in advance of meetings with their local Delegations. Developed by the Department of Legislative…

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Feds Approve MD’s 4-Year Workforce Plan, Hogan Opts to Include Additional Partner Programs

Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson announced that Maryland's 2020 - 2024 State Workforce Plan has been approved by the United States Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services. Under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), passed in 2014, all states are required to develop and submit a 4-year State Workforce Plan. Collaboratively developed, Maryland's plan "maps out the state’s strategic and operational blueprint for connecting Maryland employers with the…

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County Ballot Questions: Here’s What We Know

Across Maryland, voters considered a number of ballot questions concerning county governance and structure. Here, Conduit Street provides the latest results for each county-specific ballot question. Allegany, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Charles, Dorchester, Garrett, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne's, St. Mary's, Somerset, Washington, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties did not present voters with any county-specific ballot questions. Vote totals and percentages in this article are based on unofficial results of the Maryland State Board of Elections as of Thursday, November 5,…

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Frederick Announces New Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer

In a press conference, Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner announced Michael Hughes as the new chief equity and inclusion officer for Frederick County. In July, County Executive Gardner announced her office would add a Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, which would assist in ensuring racial equity and social justice countywide. Responsibilities include racial equity and implicit bias training, internal policy, legislation drafting, improving diversity of the workforce, and supporting minority businesses. After stating that the…

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Mission: Possible! Workers’ Compensation Claims & Medical Cost Control Solutions

Don’t miss MACo’s Solutions Showcase Bonus Session on preventing workplace accidents and improving workers' compensation claims outcomes on October 28, 2020. From Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company: Mission: Possible! Workers’ Compensation Claims & Medical Cost Control Solutions Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to prevent workplace accidents, improve workers’ compensation claims outcomes, and control costs for your county. The high stakes of the mission require you to gather intelligence from Maryland’s largest provider…

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Maryland Adds 18,200 Jobs in September, Unemployment Rate Ticks Up

Data released by the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows Maryland added over 18,000 jobs in September. According to preliminary data, while Maryland added 18,200 jobs in September, the unemployment rate increased to 7.2%. The national unemployment rate sits at 7.9%. While private-sector payrolls increased by 32,400 jobs in September, public sector payrolls decreased by 14,200 jobs. Nationwide, state and local governments lost 182,000 jobs from August to September. From…

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