Hogan to Provide Funding for College Program in Honor of Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, Jr.
Senate President Mike Miller, Courtesy of Maryland General Assembly
Hogan to Provide Funding for College Program in Honor of Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, Jr.

Governor Larry Hogan announced that he will be providing $1 million to Washington College in his forthcoming Fiscal Year 2023 budget proposal to fund a new directorship within the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience to honor the historic legacy of longtime Maryland Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, Jr., who passed away in January of this year. The Miller Director of Civic Engagement will oversee programs that utilize history to address contemporary challenges…

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State COVID Emergency: Still on Target for Mid-August Full Phase-Out

Despite some potentially confusing wording and actions, the full phase-out of the State's declared COVID emergency remains on track for August 15. In June, the Governor announced his intention to end the COVID emergency declaration, and cited a 45-day period for an orderly resumption of timetables and provisions related to the emergency itself. See coverage on Conduit Street: While Marylanders are still encouraged to get vaccinated and to maintain sensible behavior, the State of Maryland…

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“Women of Color In Leadership” – a Featured Speaker at #MACoCon

Senator Jill P. Carter will join a dual-sponsored luncheon at MACo's Summer Conference - reflecting on recent legislation, and the role for "Women of Color in Leadership" Two of Maryland's Chapter Organizations, the Diversity Caucus and the Women of MACo, will jointly hold a luncheon meeting on Thursday, August 19, 2021; 11:30 am – 12:30 pm at the MACo Summer Conference. The luncheon, as always, will be open to all conference attendees - not just…

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Baltimore County Latest to Okay “Drinks To Go”

The Baltimore County Liquor Board voted to extend temporary allowances for establishments to offer limited "to go" options including alcoholic beverages. In hopes that pandemic-related triggers such as the statewide emergency declaration would be lifted with improving health trends, the General Assembly this year authorized local jurisdictions to extend "to go" cocktail service beyond the limited provisions of the emergency. Baltimore County, by a vote of its liquor board, has joined the list of jurisdictions…

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$4 Billion Plan for Baltimore-area Projects Up for Public Comment

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB), as the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Baltimore region, seeks public comments through Friday, July 9 on two transportation-related documents – the draft 2022-2025 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the associated Air Quality Conformity Determination. The draft 2022-2025 TIP is the list of regional transportation projects requesting federal funding in the near term. It includes $4.04 billion in proposed funding (federal, state, local, toll revenue) for highway, transit,…

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Former Delegate: Empower Public Sector Unions Everywhere

Former Delegate Jimmy Tarlau argues for the State to mandate all public sector employers to allow employees to unionize and collectively bargain. On the Maryland Matters website, former Delegate Jimmy Tarlau - still involved in labor leadership after his time in the legislature - makes the case for statewide unionization laws, rather than a local option. From his opinion piece: Most Northern states have collective bargaining laws in place that allow public workers to form…

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The Next Census of Governments is Right Around the Corner

In 2022, the US Census will conduct its five-year Census of Governments, an inventory of public sector entities serving Americans at every level - be ready now for a streamlined survey effort ahead. Census of Governments The Census of Governments identifies the scope and nature of the nation's state and local government sector; provides authoritative benchmark figures of public finance and public employment. The U.S. Census Bureau is beginning its Census of Governments outreach and…

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MD Asian American Hate Crimes Workgroup Seeks Input

Governor Hogan announced the membership of an Asian American Hate Crimes Workgroup, whose new chair Robert Hur has announced it seeks input from the public to help guide its work. From the Governor's office: Governor Larry Hogan today announced the members of the new workgroup to address the rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans, which will be led by former U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur. First announced last month, the workgroup’s mission is to develop strategies,…

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New Georgia Law Bans Local Police Funding Cuts, Fearing “Defunding”

The Georgia state legislature has passed, and its governor has signed, legislation preempting local governments from making funding reductions to their public safety units - fearing social movements seeking to "defund the police." Georgia state policy now supersedes the judgment of locally elected officials in a major element of public policy - the locally-adopted budget and priorities that accompany it. Georgia local governments are now being held to a required funding level - as the…

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State’s Outdoor Masking Order Lifted, as Metrics Improve

Governor Hogan lifted the statewide order regarding outdoor masking, citing revised CDC guidance and improved metrics for COVID caseloads and vaccinations - but urged Marylanders to remain smart and to get vaccinated. From materials from the Governor's office: With consistent improvements in key statewide health metrics and a fast pace of vaccinations, Governor Hogan today lifted the outdoor mask mandate in Maryland and all restrictions for outdoor dining. The governor also announced that the state…

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